Earthquakes: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

12/09/2017, 18:30 - 19:30

Free

Speaker: Professor Iain Stewart (Plymouth University)

Seismic fault lines present a fatal attraction for human settlement. For millennia we have been lured to grow our villages, then towns and now cities along their traces. The result is that across the globe, countless major population centres now lie within striking distance of historically destructive earthquake sources.  The challenge in these swollen urban targets is how to translate our scientific understanding of the earthquake risk into effective preparedness and improved safety on the ground. With examples from Turkey, Japan and Italy, the talk explores the fault lines between reason and faith in communicating to at-risk communities the myth of solid ground.

This lecture is the first in the 2017-18 monthly series in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, looking at Catastrophes: past, present and potential.

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Catastrophes: Past, Present and Potential