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USGS Earthquake Lecture to be Held at UHH

September 30, 2014, 3:20 PM HST
* Updated September 30, 3:22 PM
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The United States Geological Survey will present “Hawai‘i’s ‘Big’ Earthquakes”, a public presentation centered around Hawai’i’s history of earthquakes, as well as safety procedures.

The free lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Science and Technology Building, Room 108.

Led by Paul Okubo, a seismologist with the USGS’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the presentation will discuss big earthquakes in Hawai‘i and talk about why the entire state should understand their natural risk, even though Hawai‘i Island experiences the most seismic activity.

As a recent example, Okubo draws on recent memory of the October 2006 magnitude 6.7 and 6.0 earthquakes located in West Hawai‘i that caused $200 million in damages to the islands of Hawai‘i and Maui.  Those tremors also caused power outages on O’ahu. Theories as to why these earthquakes occur will be discussed. 

Okubo will also express the need for people to protect themselves when it comes to earthquakes and will talk about the “Great Hawai‘i ShakeOut”, which is an upcoming earthquake awareness and preparedness event.

For more information about this presentation, visit the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website or call 967-8844.

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