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Past Earthquakes, Present Hazards

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Scientists examine a crack in the earth created by the Ridgecrest earthquake. K. Kendrick, USGS/Public domain

How do scientists understand earthquakes that occurred before the invention of modern seismometers? Join geophysicist Susan Hough as she describes the science around understanding past tremors and what they can teach us about present-day earthquake hazards.

About the Speaker

Since 1992 Susan Hough has worked as a research geophysicist at the US Geological Survey in Pasadena. Her research interests include earthquake ground motions, induced earthquakes, historical earthquakes, and seismic hazard. She led deployments of portable seismometers following a number of damaging earthquakes, including the 1989 Loma Prieta, California, and 2010 Haiti earthquakes. She has co-authored over 120 articles, and was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2009. She is now serving as President-Elect of the Seismological Society of America. In addition to technical articles, she has a long-standing interest in science communication, having authored five books on earthquake science for a non-specialist audience as well as numerous popular articles. She has further led USAID-supported capacity development projects in a number of countries including Nepal, Haiti, and Myanmar. Susan Hough graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in geophysics and received a PhD in Earth sciences from the University of California, San Diego.

The Annual IRIS/SSA Lecture Series is presented in collaboration with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology and the Seismological Society of America.