UW News

February 24, 2005

Tsunami lecture scheduled

Could there be a devastating tsunami on Puget Sound? And if so, how much time will there be to react, and what reaction is appropriate? Such questions will be addressed in a public lecture, Tsunamis in Washington, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in 120 Kane.

Tsunamis in Washington will bring together a panel of UW experts to speak on the issue of tsunamis and answer audience questions. The speakers will be:

  • Jody Bourgeois, UW professor of Earth and space sciences, currently studying tsunamis deposits;
  • Brian Atwater, a paleoseismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and an affiliate UW faculty, widely known for his research on historic Washington earthquakes;
  • Tim Walsh of the geology division of the state Department of Natural Resources, who is on the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program and is publishing a series of tsunami inundation maps for Washington coastal areas; and
  • George Crawford, of the state Emergency Management Division’s Earthquake Hazards Program, an educator on tsunami hazards.

Admission is free but seating is limited at the event, so reserve a spot by e-mailing geolecture@ess.washington.edu or calling 206-685-2821.