Research from 1960s shakes up understanding of West Coast earthquakes

www.washington.edu, 20 Aug 2014 15:08

Nearly forgotten research from decades ago questions a widely used method for estimating Pacific Northwest earthquake hazards. Sand and mud collected as part of University of Washington oceanographers’ graduate work in the late 1960s is central to a scientific story that spans human and geologic timescales. A new paper, to be published in the September issue of Geology, may shake the research community’s confidence in what the sediment record can say about past earthquakes. The lead author is Brian Atwater, a UW affiliate professor of Earth and space sciences and a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

 

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