Please join us for the December 6, 2018 meeting of the Potomac Geophysical Society at 7:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton McLean Tysons, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, 22102. This location is within one-half mile of the Tysons Corner Metro station, near I-495, and has free parking available. Our private meeting room is located in the back of the Harvest Cafe restaurant on the second floor of the hotel. The optional dinner cost will be discounted to $30 for members in good standing (have paid dues) and students, and $40 for non-members, and is inclusive of iced tea, coffee, tax and gratuity. Members and guests may attend the presentation after dinner for no charge; we estimate that the presentation will begin at 8:15 p.m. For attendees who arrive early, social time will be held in O’Malley’s Pub on the first floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Drinks may also be purchased in the private meeting room on a cash basis.
If you plan on attending, please RSVP to email@example.com by noon Monday, December 3. We encourage you to spread the word about our meetings to your colleagues and students (a flyer is attached). As always, guests are welcomed. We hope to see you there!
Social Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. O’Malley’s Pub, first floor DoubleTree by Hilton
Dinner: 7:00-8:15 p.m. Peachtree Room, Harvest Cafe, second floor DoubleTree by Hilton
Understanding human behaviour during and immediately following earthquake shaking
Massey University, New Zealand
Globally, little research has analysed the immediate human responses to earthquake shaking. Human behaviour and injury data from the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence (Mw7.1 Darfield 2010; Mw6.3 Christchurch 2011) was investigated and identified three main influences on human behaviour during earthquake shaking. The first influence is the human environment during the quake, such as inner-city building, in bed at home, or outside. Second, who an individual is with at the time of the earthquake will affect their behaviour. For example, an adult with a small child will behave differently than an adult alone. Third, an individual’s behaviour during shaking is also influenced by their age, gender, previous earthquake experience, and the size of the earthquake. This talk will explain how different human behaviours can help survival, or increase the risk of injury or even death.
Professor David Johnston is a Principal Scientist at GNS Science and Director of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. His research has developed as part of multi-disciplinary theoretical and applied research programme, involving the collaboration of physical and social scientists from several organisations and countries. His research focuses on human responses to volcano, tsunami, earthquake and weather warnings, crisis decision-making and the role of public education and participation in building community resilience and recovery. In 2016 he became Co-chair of World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) High Impact Weather Project (HIWeather) Steering Group. This follows his role as the Chair of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Scientific Committee (IRDR) (2013-2015), a program co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISCC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster reduction (UNISDR). He is the Editor of The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies; and was the founding Editor of the Journal of Applied Volcanology.