Conference to air research on Nov. 3 quake in Alaska

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

FAIRBANKS - Researchers will discuss the Nov. 3 Alaska earthquake at a conference in San Francisco next month.

More than 40 scientists will present research on the 7.9 magnitude quake at the American Geophysical Union Conference that opens Dec. 6.

Unlike large earthquakes that have occurred in densely populated areas, Alaska's big earthquake left scientists with an event that will help them understand the natural episodes but that caused a comparably small amount of human damage, said Alaska state seismologist Roger Hansen.

Hansen, who will co-chair the earthquake session, said the gathering will present scientists with their first chance to see most of the research that's been conducted since the Nov. 3 earthquake on the Denali Fault.

Researchers are scheduled to make presentations on topics ranging from the physics of the Earth's mantle - where the energy to produce earthquakes is stored - to the interpretation of data produced by instruments measuring the quake, Hansen said.

Most of the researchers are from Alaska or traveled here to study the earthquake, but some have conducted their work solely from a computer.

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