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Earthquake Experts Take Questions

The Seismological Society of America invites the San Diego public to a town hall meeting to answer their questions about earthquakes, landslides and tsunami.
Still image of an earthquake simulation.
Still image of an earthquake simulation.

Geology professors from San Diego State University and other local scientists invite the community to a town hall meeting to discuss local seismic hazards.

SDSU geology professors Kim Olsen, Tom Rockwell and Pat Abbott will answer questions about earthquakes, landslides and tsunami from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. April 17 at the Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center in Mission Valley.

The town hall is just one part of the three-day meeting of the Seismological Society of America.

Open forum

The scientists will give short presentations and then take questions.

"It is important for people in the community to better understand the earthquake, tsunami and landslide hazards that come with living in their town or region," he said.  “I am sure coastal home owners are curious about the likelihood of future tsunami, and we are all interested in what kind of shaking to expect in the next big earthquake.”

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The geology professors' involvement in the town hall meeting is just one example of how the university engages the San Diego region, a key initiative of The Campaign for SDSU. Whether it’s supporting programs that contribute directly to San Diego's growth or building academic programs to prepare for the region’s future, SDSU is an important community partner. Learn more about SDSU’s community engagement and how you can contribute

Unpredictable, but prepare-able

Scientists hope the town hall will get the community thinking more about preparedness.

"We cannot tell people when there will be a big earthquake, but we can estimate the probability of a large one coming - and approximately the extent of shaking in different parts of the region,” Olsen said.

"There are a lot of issues related to such hazards that Californians should be aware of and prepared for."

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