Earthquake Science Center Seminars

January 2003

The melt anomaly at Iceland results from mantle refertilised by subducted slabs, not from a plume (joint with VHZ)

  • Tuesday January 14, 2003
  • 12:15 PM
Speaker:Gillian Foulger., U. Durham, UK
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)

Stemming the Excess Heat of Expert Testimony: Increasing Frictional Resistance to Bad Science

  • Wednesday January 15, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:David L. Faigman, University of California, Hastings (SF)
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Tom Holzer

Relocation of Seismicity at Mauna Loa, Hawaii and Hengill, Iceland: Improved Delineation of Seismogenic Structures

  • Wednesday January 22, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Shirley Baher, USGS WEHZ Mendenhall postdoc
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Gary Fuis

Long-Term Earthquake Forecasts in the San Francisco Bay Area:A Contrarian Perspective

  • Wednesday January 29, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Allan Goddard Lindh, USGS, Earthquake Hazards, Menlo Park
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)

February 2003

Why are earthquakes so gentle?

  • Wednesday February 05, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Tom Heaton, Cal Tech
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Joe Andrews

A New Kind of Science

  • Thursday February 13, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Steve Wolfram, Wolfram Research, Inc.
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Paul Reasenberg

The Dynamics of the 2002 Denali, Alaska, Earthquake

  • Wednesday February 19, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:David Oglesby, UC Riverside
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Ruth Harris

University earthquake research in Japan; the special project for earthquake disaster mitigation in urban areas

  • Monday February 24, 2003
  • 11:00 AM
Speaker:Naoshi Hirata, Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Bill Ellsworth

Estimation of Seismic Demands of Structures Built on Very Soft Soils: Similarities Between Mexico City and the S.F. Bay Area

  • Wednesday February 26, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Prof. Eduardo Miranda, Civil Engineering, Stanford University
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Mehmet Celebi

March 2003

Lake Tahoe's submerged record of active faulting is characteristic of the Basin and Range

  • Wednesday March 05, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Gordon Seitz, SDSU
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:David Schwartz

Toward Global Seismic Safety: Successes, Failures and A New Approach

  • Thursday March 13, 2003
  • 1:30 PM
Speaker:Brian Tucker, Geohazards International
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Tim Dawson

Science Writing for a Non-specialist Audience: Lessons, Challenges, Opportunities

  • Wednesday March 19, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Susan Hough, USGS, WEHZ, Pasadena
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)

High precision relocations of deep (>13 km) Hawaiian earthquakes: evidence for a mantle fault zone beneath Kilauea volcano

  • Monday March 24, 2003
  • 12:15 PM
Speaker:Cecily Wolfe, University of Hawaii
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)

Coupled seismic slip on adjacent oceanic transform faults, and other neat seismological observations from an Easter microplate swarm

  • Wednesday March 26, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Don Forsyth, Brown University
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Ross Stein

April 2003

Breaking of new lithosphere and hotspot-ridge interaction at ultra-slowly spreading mid-ocean ridges

  • Tuesday April 01, 2003
  • 12:15 PM
Speaker:Jian Lin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Ross Stein

Transient rheology of the uppermost mantle inferred beneath the Mojave Desert, California

  • Wednesday April 02, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Fred Pollitz, USGS, EHZ, Menlo Park
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)

Influence of liquefaction on seismic ground motion at a liquefied site in Sakai-Minato during the Western Tottori, Japan earthquake (M=7.2) on October 6th, 2000

  • Wednesday April 09, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Shinichiro Mori, Cornell University
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Tom Holzer

Using Seismic Energy to Understand the Physics of Earthquakes

  • Wednesday April 16, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Anu Venkataraman, Stanford University Dept. of Geophysics
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Paul Spudich

Nucleation and early seismic propagation in a crustal earthquake model

  • Wednesday April 23, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Nadia Lapusta, California Institute of Technology
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Joe Andrews

Viscoelasticity, Post-Seismic Slip, Fault Interactions, Self-Similarity, and the Recurrence of Large Earthquakes

  • Wednesday April 30, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Andy Michael, USGS, EHZ, Menlo Park
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:TBA

May 2003

Self-Consistent Earthquake Ruptures: Working Towards a Model of Crustal Stress in the Los Angeles Region

  • Wednesday May 07, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Brad Aagaard, USGS
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Joe Andrews

Why the shaking from the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake was not very severe

  • Thursday May 08, 2003
  • 1:30 PM
Speaker:Brad Aagaard, USGS, EHZ, Pasadena
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Joe Andrews

Measuring fault slip - why and how?

  • Tuesday May 13, 2003
  • 1:30 PM
Speaker:Ken Hudnut, USGS Earthquake Hazards, Pasadena
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Wayne Thatcher

Space-Time Patterns, Computer Simulations, and Earthquakes: Is this a "New Kind of Geophysics"?

  • Wednesday May 14, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:John Rundle, University of California, Davis
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Wayne Thatcher

Shaking Down the Seismological Mechanics of ShakeMap

  • Wednesday May 21, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Jack Boatwright, USGS, EHZ, Menlo Park
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)

Microstructural evidence for coseismic loading and elevated postseismic creep rates in the mid-crust: Comparison to numerical models

  • Thursday May 22, 2003
  • 1:30 PM
Speaker:Susan Ellis, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (New Zealand)
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:N. M. Beeler

June 2003

Identification of seismic sources and modelling of seismic hazard and ground shaking scenarios in the Alps

  • Wednesday June 04, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Dominico Giardini, Institute of Geophysics, ETHZ
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Ross Stein

Catching earthquakes in Africa and the origin of the East African rift system

  • Tuesday June 10, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Andy Nyblade, Penn State
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Walter Mooney

Why the United States is Becoming More Vulnerable to Natural Disasters: The Science, Economics, and Politics of Hazard Mitigation.

  • Wednesday June 11, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Greg van der Vink, Princeton University/IRIS
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Steve Hickman

Gambling on Subduction: A New Look at the Seismotectonics of the Cascadia Subduction System

  • Wednesday June 18, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Pat McCrory, USGS
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)

Symposium to honor Mike Blanpied

  • Wednesday June 25, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Jim Dieterich, Ned Field, David Lockner, David Schwartz, EHZ
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:EHZ Menlo

Public Lecture: New Estimates of Earthquake Hazard and Risk Across the Bay Region

  • Thursday June 26, 2003
  • 12:00 PM
Speaker:Mike Blanpied, USGS, EHZ
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)

Building an infrastructure for physics-based seismic hazard analysis

  • Thursday June 26, 2003
  • 1:30 PM
Speaker:Ned Field, USGS, EHZ, Pasadena
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Andy Michael

July 2003

A 100 year average recurrence interval for the San Andreas Fault, Southern San Francisco Bay area

  • Wednesday July 09, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
  • Note location
Speaker:Tom Fumal, USGS
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room.)
Host:David Schwartz

Stress Orientations Near the San Andreas Fault: Implications for Fault Strength

  • Wednesday July 16, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Jeanne Hardebeck, USGS, EHZ, Menlo Park
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Paul Reasenberg

POST-EARTHQUAKE DEFORMATION FROM INSAR AND STRAINMETERS CORRELATED TO PORE-PRESSURE TRANSIENTS

  • Wednesday July 23, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Paul Segall, Stanford University
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Wayne Thatcher

Temporal and Spatial Patterns in the Seismogenic Behavior at the Costa Rica Subduction Margin

  • Wednesday July 30, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Susan Schwartz, University of California, Santa Cruz
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:N. Beeler

August 2003

Integrated Geophysical Studies in Taiwan: Great Earthquakes and Deep Drilling

  • Wednesday August 06, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Kuo-Fong Ma, Insititute of Geophysics, National Centeral University, Taiwan
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Ross Stein

Expected Performance of the Plate Boundary Observatory from Numerical Simulations

  • Wednesday August 13, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:David Schmidt, Stanford Geophysics/University of Oregon
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Wayne Thatcher

Postseismic Relaxation: Rock Mechanics Experiments of Lithospheric Dimension

  • Wednesday August 20, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Roland Burgmann, University of California, Berkeley
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Wayne Thatcher

Fluids in Subduction Zones: A Summary of Results and Implications for Future Studies

  • Wednesday August 27, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Barbara Bekins, USGS, WRD, Menlo Park
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Tom Brocher

September 2003

What Long Recurrence Records Can Tell Us About How Faults Work

  • Wednesday September 03, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Ray Weldon, University of Oregon
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Michael Rymer

Earthquake clustering and time-dependent probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for California

  • Wednesday September 17, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Matt Gerstenberger, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Paul Reasenberg

Non-double couple earthquakes

  • Wednesday September 24, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Bruce Julian, USGS, Menlo Park
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Paul Reasenberg

Seismic Hazard Assessment in Mines

  • Monday September 29, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Gerrie van Aswegen, ISS International, South Africa
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Art McGarr

October 2003

Plate-tectonic analysis of shallow earthquakes: Toward long-term seismic hazard models based on tectonics

  • Wednesday October 01, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Peter Bird, U.C.L.A.
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Steve Kirby

Prediction of structural response and damage from earthquakes: Problems and research needs

  • Wednesday October 08, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Erdal Safak, USGS, Pasadena
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Mehmet Celebi

One model to explain them all: Insights from modeling transform plate boundary deformation throughout the earthquake cycle

  • Wednesday October 15, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Liz Hearn, University of British Columbia
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Ruth Harris

Dating offset fans along the Mojave section of the San Andreas Fault using cosmogenic 26Al and 10Be

  • Wednesday October 22, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Ari Matmon, USGS, Menlo Park
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Wayne Thatcher

Incorporating earthquake science into building codes

  • Wednesday October 29, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Maury Power, Geomatrix Consultants
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Tom Holzer

November 2003

Are Volcanic Eruptions More Predictable than Earthquakes?

  • Wednesday November 05, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Jean-Robert Grasso, Observatoire de Grenoble
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Art McGarr

Recent Discoveries of Crustal Faults in the Puget Lowland: Highlights from GSA Meeting

  • Wednesday November 12, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Tom Brocher, USGS, Menlo Park
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)

Sources, Nature and Impact of Uncertainties on Catastrophe Modeling

  • Wednesday November 19, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Patricia Grossi, Risk Management Solutions, Inc.
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Paul Reasenberg

December 2003

Effects of steel frame connection damage during earthquakes

  • Wednesday December 03, 2003
  • 10:30 AM
Speaker:Janise Rodgers, USGS, Menlo Park
Location:Building 3, Room 3240 (main USGS conference room)
Host:Mehmet Celebi

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