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Meeting the challenge of the Loma Prieta earthquake: 20 years of scientific and technological advances
Released: 9/22/2009 7:12:57 PM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Leslie Gordon 1-click interview
Phone: 650-793-1534

On October 17, the San Francisco Bay Area will be marking the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake -- the Bay Area's most significant and destructive earthquake during recent times. As part of the anniversary commemoration, the U.S. Geological Survey is holding an evening public lecture about scientific and technological advances in earthquake studies achieved since 1989. Prior to the evening public lecture, there will be a lecture preview and media availability starting at noon, Thursday, September 24.

Future large Bay Area earthquakes are inevitable and during the last 20 years USGS scientists have increased their understanding of what happened during the Loma Prieta earthquake, profoundly influencing Bay Area earthquake engineering, and leading to new earthquake probability figures and advancements in scientific tools for studying Bay Area seismology.


Who:          Jack Boatwright, USGS Seismologist

What:       Lecture and media availability, "Meeting the Challenge of the Loma Prieta Earthquake"

When:        Thursday, September 24,      12:00, Lecture preview

                                                        1:00 p.m., Media availability for interviews

                                                        7:00 p.m., Public lecture

Where:     Building 3, Second-floor auditorium

                U.S Geological Survey

                345 Middlefield Road

                Menlo Park, California

                Location Map

RSVP:       Leslie Gordon, 650-793-1534

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