April is Earthquake Awareness Month

The Benton County Emergency Services Program, the Corvallis-Benton County Library, Oregon State University, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) joined to promote earthquake awareness at the library during April, 2007.  On display at the library were many posters related to the tectonics of Oregon and the Northwest.  There was also a working seismograph station capable of recording earthquakes from around the world.  Many preparedness handouts were available and four evening talk were presented.


A few pictures are posted here:  Library Exhibit.

Detailed pictures of the are posted here: Exhibit details.

Listing of the pages that were cycling on a computer display at the library.


News Flash:  Here are two of the earthquakes that that have been recorded at the library.

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Completed Talks

Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m. -- James Roddey -- Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries


Juggling the Ring of Fire - what you really want to know about earthquakes in Oregon.

Oregon sits in a quiet spot along the Pacific Ring of Fire, but that doesn't mean we are immune to the earthquakes that plague other areas of the Pacific Rim. What are our chances of a magnitude 9+ Sumatran-type earthquake and tsunami happening in our lifetime? What will it feel like? What simple steps can you take to be prepared? Enjoy a lively presentation and join in the discussion as you find out what you really want to know about earthquakes in Oregon.  POSTER


Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m. -- Peggy Peirson -- Benton County Acting Emergency Services Program Coordinator

Earthquake mitigation and preparedness. 
Given the earthquake hazard in our area, what can we do to improve our community’s  ability to endure and recover from an earthquake?  Considerations for emergency planning and why it is critical that we enlist the entire community in our efforts to prepare, mitigation, respond to and recover from disaster.   POSTER

Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. -- Andrew Meigs -- Associate Professor of Geosciences, Oregon State University


A new world order: Indonesian-scale earthquakes and tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest

In the mid-1980’s, perception of earthquake hazard in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest abruptly changed from one in which earthquakes were not considered a significant hazard to one of extreme hazard due to the recognition that the largest possible type of earthquake has rocked the region in the past.
(See: http://jclahr.com/science/earth_science/2007corvallis/meigs.html)


Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m. -- Wiley C Thompson -- Doctoral Student, Oregon State University


Disaster Relief During The October 2005 Kashmir Earthquake

Wiley lead the U.S. relief effort in Pakistan following the catastrophic earthquake that struck Pakistan and India in October, 2005. He will share pictures and speak about the lessons learned and culturally rewarding experience he had in spite of the severe societal impacts.
(See: http://jclahr.com/science/earth_science/2007corvallis/thompson.html)