Venue/Location: Bagdad Theater, 3702 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd, Phone: (503) 467-7521
Date: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 7:00 PM
OMSI Science Pub:
Volcanoes in our Backyard: Hazards, Risks, and What We Can Do
Presenter: Seth Moran, PhD, resident seismologist at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, WA
Admission: $5.00 suggested cover charge
21 and over, or minor with adult
Oregon and Washington are home to literally hundreds of volcanoes. They provide stunning landscapes, wonderful places to hike, some of the best skiing in the West coast, and continual naming inspiration for high-quality locally-produced beers. However, a small percentage also have the potential to erupt in our lifetimes, and because human population is increasing and moving to locales that are ever closer to these volcanoes, such eruptions have increasing potential to cause casualties, significant infrastructure damage, and major economic losses. In this talk, Seth Moran will discuss the hazards and risks associated with Cascade volcanoes, illustrated with examples from volcanoes around the world, and will also present the monitoring and research efforts that the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners are presently engaged in to help mitigate these risks.