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Wednesday
May 25th, 2016
7:00-8:30 PM

Kirkwood Station Brewing Co., Kirkwood, MO

Earth on the Move!
Why we can't seem to shake earthquake hazards


Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.


Earthquakes pose a unique threat among all of the potential natural disasters: they strike in an instant, without warning. As the New Madrid incidents have shown, earthquakes can happen anywhere, too, not just along active plate boundaries such as the San Andreas fault. In the past few years, devastating earthquakes in places such as Haiti, Japan and Nepal have shown that seismic risks are increasing as the world's demographics shift toward urban living. Not all earthquakes are natural, however. The most seismically active state in the U.S. is now Oklahoma, a direct result of the pumping of fracking wastewater deep into the earth where it can activate pre-existing faults. And seismic waves are not just used for monitoring earthquakes—they can be used to track anything on Earth that makes noise, including the cracking of ice of glaciers, animal migrations, and urban military warfare. Professor Michael Wysession will discuss all of these topics and more.

Science On Tap highlighted on St. Louis Public Radio and Voice of America!

Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, at the Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Co.


Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: about 45 minutes of presentation, followed by discussion until 8:30 PM.

Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Co.
105 E. Jefferson Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
(314)966-2739

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For more information: e-mail scienceontap@wustl.edu
or call (314) 935-9495

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