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Two Earthquake Talks at Town Hall on April 24th

Apr 14

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Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

UW Science Now

Shelley Chestler: Slow Earthquakes

Michelle Weirathmueller: Quakes and Whales

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

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Shelley.Chestler.photoWestern Washington is due for “The Big One,” an earthquake which could kill thousands. Shelley Chestler, PhD graduate student in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, says applying lessons from “slow” earthquakes, which happen about every 15 months, can help prevent catastrophe when the next large-scale earthquake strikes.

Afternoon walkRecording earthquakes could also have an unexpected effect on the endangered fin whale. Michelle Weirathmueller, School of Oceanography graduate student, has been studying fin whale calls that show up in seafloor earthquake recordings to learn about their movements. By shedding light on where fin whales are, these unexpected measurements may be the key to protecting fin whales. She’ll share her research and how it might make a world of difference.

Presented by: Town Hall and UW’s Engage: The Science Speaker Series, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, with the University of Washington. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Tickets: $5. Double Feature! Admission to this event also gains access to Gavin Hayes: Mitigating Disasters: Earthquake Response in the 21st Century at 7:30 p.m.
Town Hall Member Benefits: Priority seating.
Doors open: 5:30 p.m.
Learn more: About Engage.

www.townhallseattle.org/uw-science-nowshelley-chestler-slow-earthquakesmichelle-weirathmueller-quakes-and-whales/


Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Gavin Hayes

Mitigating Disasters -- Earthquake Response in the 21st Century

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

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More than 1,000 earthquakes occur every year in Washington. Our state is also due for “The Big One,” an earthquake which could kill up to 10,000 people in Western Washington. When the time comes, how ready will you be? Are you prepared for a large-scale disaster and its aftermath? Dr. Gavin Hayes, Research Geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center, will give insight into mitigating the effects of earthquakes. A trained earthquake responder, he’ll discuss different ways of response and how best to reduce the disastrous effects of earthquakes. Hayes is appearing at Town Hall as part of the 2014 IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lectureship Series; he is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Colorado School of Mines Department of Geophysics.

Presented by: Town Hall in partnership with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology and the Seismology Association of America, as part of The Seattle Science Lecture series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Tickets: $5. Double Feature! Admission to this event also gains access to UW Science Now’s Shelley Chestler and Michelle Weirathmueller at 6 p.m.
Town Hall Member Benefits: Priority seating.
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.
Learn more: About Hayes.

www.townhallseattle.org/gavin-hayesmitigating-disastersearthquake-response-in-the-21st-century/

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