Lectures and Special Events

Temblor Tales: Detecting Quakes in Cascadia

November 8, 2017

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The sudden and severe impact of earthquakes makes them feared worldwide, but some areas are more vulnerable than others. In the Pacific Northwest several kinds of quakes threaten, including giant coastal quakes, isolated miles-deep pops, and rips that could tear Seattle’s downtown apart. Leading seismologist John Vidale explains how new technologies may allow scientists to detect quakes minutes before the strongest shaking hits.

About the Speaker

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John Vidale is director of the Southern California Earthquake Center and professor at the University of Southern California. Until August 2017, he was professor at the University of Washington, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and a Washington State seismologist. He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University and earned his Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology. His was awarded the American Geophysical Union's Macelwane Medal in 1994, named American Geophysical Union's Gutenberg lecturer in 2009, and named the 2011 Researcher of the Year by the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. Vidale’s research focuses on earthquakes, volcanoes, Earth structure, and the hazards of strong shaking.

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