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Science Used to Assess Earthquakes and Tsunamis Can Help Keep America Safe
Released: 5/4/2005

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Clarice Nassif Ransom 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4299

Reston, VA – Learn how scientific assessment of earthquakes and tsunamis can reduce risk and the loss of life and property when natural hazards strike.

"Senator Inouye and I are concerned about the devastating effects of tsunamis and earthquakes on our communities. We want a dependable national tsunami warning system that will provide maximum detection for the nation to help reduce the loss of life and economic impact caused by these natural hazards," said Senator Ted Stevens, Chairman, United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

What: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will host a congressional briefing to demonstrate how science is used to assess earthquakes and tsunamis. Learn how USGS science helps emergency managers and engineers prepare communities for natural disasters.

Who: Dr. P. Patrick Leahy, USGS associate director for geology; Dr. Brian Atwater, a USGS tsunami expert who was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people for his work on tsunamis; Stephanie Fritts of the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency; and Stacy Bartoletti, principal engineer, Degenkolb Engineers.

Where: Room 2325 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

When: 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 13, 2005

Sponsors: United States Senator Jim DeMint, United States Senator Gordon Smith, United States Senator Maria Cantwell, United States Representative James Moran, and National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) Coalition.

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