Earth Shattering: What Makes Some Earthquakes More Deadly than Others? (Part 1 of 2)

Time: 4/19/2011 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Bond Hall 111

RECENT EARTHQUAKES, such as the 2010 Haiti event and the 2011 Sendai (Japan) earthquake,
have demonstrated to the global community the power and unpredictability of earthquakes. Remarkably, as illustrated by these two events, the size of an earthquake does not necessarily correlate with how deadly it is. In this Faculty GUR course, we will use recent seismic activity as a window into the causes, effects and dynamics of earthquakes. In specific, we will focus on earthquake size and intensity, and how these relate to the issue of seismic hazard. We will discuss how preparation and planning likely saved the lives of thousands of Japanese, and what lessons can be learned that will help us live safely with earthquakes here in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information please contact: Jackie Caplan-Auerbach   650-4153