3Qs: Surviving the trauma in Japan

Fol­lowing last month’s severe earth­quake, Japan has endured two strong after­shocks in less than a week, knocking out power in some areas and undoubt­edly inten­si­fying the anx­i­eties of res­i­dents. Here, Hort­ensia Amaro, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor and asso­ciate dean in Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, dis­cusses the role post-​​traumatic stress dis­order (PTSD) may be playing in the lives of the Japanese people today.

3Qs: Assessing the effects of Japan’s earthquake

On Friday, a mas­sive 8.9-magnitude earth­quake struck off Japan’s north­east coast, causing wide­spread destruc­tion and thou­sands of deaths. It was one of the world’s largest quakes of the last cen­tury. Jerome Hajjar, chair of the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, studies earth­quakes as a struc­tural engi­neer. Here, he assesses the impact of this quake and the field of earth­quake engineering.