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Lecture: "The Next Giant Sumatran Earthquake: From Science to Human Welfare"

Tsunami survivors stand atop a coral formation lifted above ocean's surface by the earthquake.


Tsunami survivors stand atop a coral formation lifted above ocean's surface by the earthquake.
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April 18, 2006

On Monday, April 24, 2006, geologist Kerry Sieh of the California Institute of Technology will be at the National Science Foundation to deliver a special lecture on the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of December 26, 2004--an event that ranks as one of the worst natural disasters in human history.

In his presentation, Sieh will talk about his own experiences as a researcher in the area during the immediate aftermath of the catastrophe. He will explain his conclusion that regions of the Earth previously thought to be at low risk of such events may actually be at high risk. And he will share his thoughts about what is required to protect the people living in those regions.

WHO:       Geologist Kerry Sieh

WHAT:     NSF Earth Sciences Special Lecture:
               The Next Giant Sumatran Earthquake: From Science to Human Welfare

WHEN:    Monday, April 24th, 2006, 1:00 P.M. EDT

WHERE:  Room 110
               National Science Foundation
               4201 Wilson Blvd.
               Arlington, VA 22230

-NSF-

Media Contacts
Cheryl Dybas, NSF, (703) 292-7734, cdybas@nsf.gov

Related Websites
NSF Special Report: After the Tsunami: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/tsunami/index.jsp
Tsunami Study Forces Rethinking of Quake Theory: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=106726&org=NSF&from=news

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