USGS evening public lecture on Dec. 10 examines Nepal earthquake

by Contributed Content on December 7, 2015

USGS research geophysicist Susan Hough will give a free public lecture on December 10th at 7:00 pm titled The April 25, 2015, Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake: An Expected Event that Defied Expectations. Topics covered include:

  • Scientists have long known that large earthquakes will inevitably occur along the Himalaya front
  • Experts had long feared that large earthquakes would take a devastating toll on Nepal
  • The 2015 Gorkha earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people, but the toll was not as catastrophic as had been feared
  • Analysis of available data is helping scientists understand why damage was not worse, and what lessons can be drawn about hazard from future earthquakes

The lecture takes place in Rambo Auditorium/Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park.

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