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Geology Open Night: The Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011
Start Date: 2/27/2015Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 2/27/2015

Event Description:

Speaker: Dan Davis, Professor and Chair, Geosciences Department, Stony Brook University

Three years ago, a devastating tsunami and a nuclear crisis in Japan began with one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. Japan is located at a very active plate boundary, and its tectonic setting places it at high risk for powerful earthquakes, including the type most likely to produce tsunamis. In these regards Japan has much in common with the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. What can modern geology and seismology tell us about the future seismic hazards on both sides of the Pacific Ocean and how best to prepare for earthquake and tsunami hazards? Now is a good time to explore why and how this devastating earthquake and tsunami occurred and what lessons can be learned from the successes (and failures) of Japan's disaster preparations. How great is our risk, and what can we do to reduce it?
Location Information:
West Campus - Earth & Space Sciences Building  (View Map)
100 Nicolls Road
Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
Room: 001

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