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Shake Rattle & Roll: Earthquakes in the Midwest

Friday, October 10, 2008 @ 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Featured Speaker: Douglas A. Wiens, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

“We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

April’s pre-dawn earthquake that rattled Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri and roused sleeping residents of St. Charles and St. Louis, was a reminder that we live in an earthquake-prone area. Midwesterners have become increasingly aware In the last couple decades, of the region’s earthquake hazards. From the notorious New Madrid fault zone to the lesser-known Wabash Valley seismic zone that sent the ground shaking in April, there is still considerable uncertainty about the true level of risk in the Midwest and what policy changes are needed to prepare for “the big one,” Washington University geophysicist and seismologist, Dr. Douglas Wiens, presents the basics of earthquake science and discusses questions involving risk, seismic activity, and subterranean history, of interest to residents in the St. Louis and St. Charles metropolitan regions.

St. Charles OASIS

St. Charles Community College

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive

St. Charles, MO 63376

FREE to the first 15 registrants, $8 per person thereafter.

To register call or e-mail

Maggie Bauer 314-533-8586 mbauer@academyofsciencestl.org.

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Friday, October 10, 2008
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
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