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‘Tsunami: Loss and opportunity’

Aspen Times Staff

“Tsunami 2004: Loss and Opportunity” will be the focus of a lecture on Monday, March 21, in Aspen, by Dr. Eric Rasmussen, a Navy physician and senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Old Snowmass.Rasmussen will share insights and observations from his time in Indonesia leading a team that identified gaps in the information infrastructure of the tsunami disaster relief effort. His talk is the first event in this year’s RMI Quest for Solutions speaker series. It will take place at the Given Institute, 100 E. Francis St., starting at 5:30 p.m. The talk is free, but seating is limited.The Dec. 26, 2004, earthquake and resulting tsunami left more than 200,000 people dead or missing and caused billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure. The disaster, while unquestionably tragic, presents opportunities to rebuild from the ground up using sustainable development principles, according to Rasmussen. The relief effort also makes it possible for the United States to begin building meaningful relationships with parts of Muslim Indonesia.Rasmussen will address both the disaster, as well as the opportunities created by the situation, and share observations and insights gleaned during his work in the region. He sought to repair breakdowns in civil and military communication and worked with various entities to deliver aid where it was most needed.

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