Science Café – “The Magnitude 6.5 Puget Sound Earthquake of Fall 2011” – May 10

The Science Café of Olympia will meet next on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee House
516 Capitol Way S, Olympia WA

This month’s topic is “The Magnitude 6.5 Puget Sound Earthquake of Fall 2011 – that no one will feel.”

We are expecting a slow-slip “earthquake” next fall in western Puget Sound. While it is likely to be about a magnitude 6.5 or maybe larger, no one will feel it since it will last about three weeks instead of 20 seconds like a regular earthquake. The relatively new discovery of slow-slip earthquakes and the latest research on them and do they mean that the “big-one” is coming will be discussed. Cascadia happens to be one of the best laboratories in the world for studying this phenomenon, now called Episodic Tremor and Slip (ETS).

Our speaker is Dr. Steve Malone, Prof. Emeritus and Past Director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, Department of Earth and Space Science, University of Washington.

Date of next meeting: Tuesday, June 14, 2011. “Radiation and Health.” Dr. Al Conklin, Health Physicist, Deptartment of Health.

The Science Café of Olympia, based on the Cafés Scientifique which began in the UK, provides an informal atmosphere where people both with and without a scientific background can meet and gain a better understanding of interesting topics on science and technology After a brief presentation by an expert in the field, the meeting will be opened to discussions among everyone in attendance.

Presentations will focus on issues that impact our lives locally, nationally and internationally.

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