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Fireside Lecture to focus on local earthquake and tsunamis preparedness

Posted: January 31, 2013 - 1:05am

This week’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will be “Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Preparedness for Juneau,” presented by Joel Curtis, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for NWS, and Tom Mattice, City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Programs Manager.

The presenters will discuss the science of earthquakes and tsunamis, and then will turn to what locals should do to prepare for these events.

The focus on local preparedeness was added to the program following the Jan. 4 earthquake that shook much of Southeast Alaska. The January quake, magnitude 7.5, was on the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault that runs just off our coast. Curtis and Mattice will also talk about the lack of waves generated by this quake and an October quake of magnitude 7.1.

This Fireside Lecture will be presented at 6:30 p.m. and then repeated at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 789-0097.

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