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Lecture on Earthquake Preparedness

UCR Geologist to Lecture on Earthquake Preparedness

Public talk on Oct. 8 kicks off university’s participation a week later in statewide earthquake drill

(October 5, 2009)

David Oglesby is an associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at UC Riverside.  Photo credit: Oglesby lab.Enlarge

David Oglesby is an associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at UC Riverside. Photo credit: Oglesby lab.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – David Oglesby, an associate professor of geophysics at UC Riverside, will give a free public lecture on campus this week to discuss the basic facts about earthquakes, how people can prepare for them, and what the best course of action is during an earthquake.

Oglesby’s lecture, titled “Earthquakes and Earthquake Safety, or Five Things You Need to Know about Earthquakes,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 in Humanities 1501. Oglesby also will demonstrate earthquake concepts during his hour-long lecture.

“Earthquakes are common, inevitable, unpredictable, and dangerous,” he said. “But we can prepare for them and make ourselves safer. A large earthquake is expected to hit Southern California in the future. Southern Californians need to know what to do before it happens, what to do when the ground starts shaking, and what to do afterwards.”

The Oct. 8 lecture kicks off UCR’s participation in The Great California ShakeOut, an earthquake drill involving the participation of millions of Californians and an opportunity for them to prepare for the Big One. The Great California ShakeOut is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15.

Oglesby obtained his Ph.D. in geological sciences at the UC Santa Barbara in 1999. After a postdoctoral position at San Diego State University, he joined UCR’s Department of Earth Sciences in 2000.

His research focuses on the physics of earthquakes and the generation of strong ground motion. His specialty is computer models of earthquakes. He has authored numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals on the physics of earthquakes and ground motion, and has served as the co-group leader for Earthquake Source Physics in the Southern California Earthquake Center. He is a member of the editorial board for the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Oglesby teaches general-education classes on earthquakes and other natural disasters at UCR.

“One of my interests is bridging the gap between earthquake science and the public,” he said.

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