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Earthquake, Tsunami Experts Gather in Seattle
Released: 4/16/2008 7:08:18 AM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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Phone: (206) 818-7411

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Phone: (206) 941-7498

The National Earthquake Conference will be held in Seattle from April 22 - 26. Earthquake experts from around the nation will convene to discuss the latest research on earthquakes and the generation of tsunamis. Forty of the 50 states have some risk of earthquake, with the greatest risk found along the "Ring of Fire," that includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California.

The conference will also focus on tsunami hazards, offering attendees and the media an opportunity to hear, via webcast, from experts from Sumatra, Sri Lanka and Phuket, Thailand, that were catastrophically impacted by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December, 2004. Following the conference, there will be field trips, including one to view evidence of the damage from the Cascadia offshore earthquake of 1700 that created a tsunami waves from Canada to California and sank ships in Japan.

WHAT: National Earthquake Conference. Full program can be viewed as http://earthquakeconference.org Attended by national and international earthquake experts.

WHERE: Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle

WHEN: USGS Director Mark Myers gives plenary speech Wednesday, April 23 at noon. 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami session - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

Field trips begin on Saturday, April 26 at various times and locations and include the field trip to tsunami sites by Brian Atwater of USGS, which leaves from the Westin at 6:00 a.m. Other trips will be a tour to the U.Washington Seismic Lab, a boat tour of the Seattle Fault (via ferry); a tour of the Washington State Emergency Response Center near Tacoma and a tour of Seattle-area seismic retrofit projects. Media needing more information about the tours can contact Stephanie Hanna.

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