Great earthquake Clusters
evident, Scientists Say
Scientists believe there is evi- dence that great earthquakes occur in clusters over a period of years and that a significant
event is on the horizon, according to a report from catastrophe modeler Eqecat.
The report, “Spatial and Temporal
Earthquake Clustering: Part 1, Global
Earthquake Clustering,” lays out evidence
that giant earthquakes of magnitude 8 or
higher may occur in clusters over a decade
or more. The authors of the report, Paul
C. Thenhaus, Kenneth W. Campbell and
Mahmoud M. Khater, say the occurrences
of great and giant earthquakes “on a global
scale cannot be attributed to chance.”
They report that the giant Andaman-
Nicobar (Sumatra, Indonesia) earthquake
of 2004 of magnitude 9.1 began “a new
cycle of global great earthquake activity.”
Quakes from 1950 to 1965
During this period, there were
three earthquakes of
magnitude 9 or higher:
E Kamchatka, magnitude
9 that struck in 1952.
E Prince William Sound,
Alaska, magnitude 9. 2 that
struck in 1964.
E Chile, magnitude 9. 5 that struck in 1960.
If this cycle follows the cycle of earthquakes in the 1950-1965 timeframe, then
“we may be only about halfway through
the cycle, and the largest earthquake in the
current cluster may not have yet occurred.
Why this is happening is unknown, they
say, but it may have something to do with
“post-seismic relaxations and strain trans-
fer mechanisms in the deep ductile layers
of the Earth.”
If earthquakes follow the pattern of the
1900s, then a third major earthquake is a
very real possibility. So far this century,
there has been the Indonesia 9.1 earth-
quake that struck in 2004 and then the To-
hoku-oki earthquake and tsunami in 2011,
which was a magnitude 9 earthquake.
SPeAKInG oF RESTORATION TRAININg
With Taylor W. Wells, rainbow International
Claims spoke with Taylor Wells of Rainbow International about the
key to churning out restoration professionals who are ready to tackle a range of jobs, from water damage to crime and trauma scene
work so policyholders can get on with life as they know it, ask quickly as humanly possible.
What helps prepare restoration professionals for the job?
In a rapidly evolving industry, ensuring our front-line service professionals and franchise owners have the latest training is an important
step towards meeting and exceeding the needs of both policyholders and their insurance providers.
To help damage restoration specialists prepare for real-life scenarios
in the field, we maintain two training facilities, both of which provide
hands-on experience in damage restoration, beginner and advanced
training sessions, demonstrations for insurance professionals, and
test-marketing of cleaning and restoration tools. All new franchise
owners come to Rainbow’s corporate headquarters in Waco, Texas
for several weeks of intensive training. Jack’s House helps students
learn water damage cleanup and restoration techniques, processes,
Basically Jack’s House is a 1,200 square-foot training ‘home’ built inside
a 5,000-square-foot warehouse. It is equipped with its own heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, and a variety of other independent features designed to explore multiple restoration scenarios simultaneously.
Why does this classroom/hands-on
hybrid approach work?
Learning the restoration trade requires both.
Book-smarts are terrific and necessary, but
working hands-on with water damage in
Jack’s House or fire and smoke damage in our
other training facility gives students a much
deeper appreciation of the nature of the job
at hand. For instance, we regularly flood and
then restore the home.
During the hiring process, do you lend
more credence to a certification or experience?
Certifications are critical. We require that all service professionals be
proficient and accredited in the types of jobs they perform. That being said, someone with years of practical knowledge and experience
(what we might refer to as field work) also brings tremendous value
to the jobsite. We feel that certifications and practical experience are
equally important in the hiring process.
G Wells says rainbow
now has more than 300
locations across the U.S.
You mentioned a fire/smoke facility. Can you tell us more
about that and the overall training program offered?
This latest training innovation provides an opportunity for our
students to build upon their knowledge base obtained in water