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Ready for this Summer's Earthquake?

UCR Extension Lunchtime Learning Lecture Examines Earthquake Prediction

UCR Quake Specialist Talks About This Summer’s Predicted 6.4 magnitude Temblor

(June 9, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( Earthquake Expert Stephen Park, a professor of geophysics at the University of California Riverside, will discuss earthquake prediction at the next Lunchtime Learning session, scheduled from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 17 in the Lounge at the UC Riverside Extension, 1200 University Ave., in Riverside. For more information about this free, public event, contact Joan Kite at (909) 787-3806, ext. 11633.

The lecture is titled Are You Ready for This Summer’s Earthquake? Park also will talk about the science of earthquake prediction in general and answer questions about preparing for an earthquake disaster.

In April, UCLA professor Vladimir Kellis-Borok publicly predicted that an earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale will strike somewhere along a 19,300 square kilometer area of Southern California by Sept. 5. Kellis-Borok and his colleagues at UCLA have successfully predicted two other earthquakes — the 6.5 magnitude quake that hit Cambria in Central California last December and the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Hokkaido in Japan last August.

Park is an internationally noted authority on electromagnetic phenomena associated with earthquakes. He has joint appointments at UC Riverside as a professor of geophysics and in the Institute of Geophysical and Planetary Physics. He leads a group of scientists from UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, and Oregon State University in a monitoring experiment on the San Andreas fault in Parkfield, Calif. In the experiment, which began in 1988, the group has developed methods for searching for small signals that might indicate impending earthquakes.

Lunchtime Learning is a bimonthly presentation that examines newsworthy issues. Complimentary parking permits will be provided for those who do not have a permit. UC Riverside Blue parking permits are honored in the Extension parking lots.
Stephen Park

Stephen Park


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