Sorry for the late notice on this one – it’s tonight!
Wednesday, September, 5, 2012, 7:00 PM
Title: A History of Rubble and Rumblings: Earthquakes in the Eastern U.S.
By: Robert Williams
Last year’s M5.8 Virginia earthquake came as a surprise for many in the area, but in the past 400 years, there have been more than 30 damaging earthquakes in the eastern U.S., ranging from the M6.0 near Boston in 1755, to M7.3 in Charleston, S.C. in 1886. Despite this history of earthquakes the faults on which these earthquakes are occurring are poorly known, and scientists do not have a clear understanding of the causes of earthquakes in the eastern U.S. Scientists are using seismic data from the August 2011 M5.8 Virginia earthquake to answer some of these questions and to refine estimates of the of the region’s seismic hazard. Futures damaging eastern earthquakes are inevitable; join us on September 5 to find out what scientists are learning and how you can prepare for the next big one.