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Seismologist Reports on Return from Chile
Released: 3/26/2010 2:40:29 PM

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



Menlo Park, Calif. — A research seismologist who visited Chile to install seismographs following the recent magnitude 8.8 earthquake and was there for some of the aftershocks will speak about his experiences at a Menlo Park event Monday. 

Dr. Walter Mooney, from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Menlo Park facility, worked with Chilean scientists and engineers Mar. 11-19 to install six USGS seismographs to record earthquake aftershocks. He traveled extensively through the region affected by the Feb. 27 earthquake.

Dr. Mooney will speak about his experiences and show new photographs and video footage of the earthquake and tsunami damage in Chile, and will conclude with a summary of the lessons that can be applied to earthquake and tsunami preparedness in San Francisco Bay Area.

Who: Walter Mooney, USGS Research Seismologist

What: Slide and video-illustrated lecture about field work and instrument installations in Chile following the recent earthquakes

When: Monday, March 29th, 2010
10:30 a.m. — Presentation
11:30 a.m. — Media availability for interviews immediately following the lecture

Where: Building 3 Auditorium, 2nd-floor
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, California

Map and Directions: Menlo Park Science Center Campus Map

The presentation will also be webcast live at http://media.wr.usgs.gov/, although there are no provisions for live interaction or remote questions.


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