Domack to Present on Chile Earthquake

Chile Earthquake Devastation
Chile Earthquake Devastation
Eugene Domack, the J.W. Johnson Family Professor of Environmental Studies, will present “Impact of the Fifth Largest Earthquake in History on a Developed Latin American Country: the February 2010 Concepción ‘Teremoto’” on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m., in the Science Center’s Kennedy Auditorium. Domack recently returned from Chile where he did volunteer work in the aftermath of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Maule, Chile, on Feb. 27.

His presentation will focus on the impact of the earthquake on the economic, social and scientific/political structure in Chile which is in an area known for violent earthquakes. Domack will illustrate the various ways earth motion was accommodated by the movement of the tectonic plates bordering the area. He will discuss the prediction of the quake by the scientific community and the notes made by Charles Darwin after the last major quake in the region in 1835. Domack will also discuss his fieldwork and observations in the effort to measure ground motion after the quake.
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