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Oregon State University has deep research experience in the geosciences and the causes and effects of earthquakes and tsunamis. Our faculty experts are experienced in presenting this information to the public.
Chris Goldfinger, 541-737-2066; firstname.lastname@example.org
Goldfinger is an OSU oceanographer and one of the world’s leading experts on subduction zone earthquakes. He can discuss the history of the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia Subduction Zone and compare it with the structures of Japan and the Indian Ocean region.
Robert Yeats, 541-737-1226; email@example.com
Yeats, a professor emeritus of geosciences, was one of the first scientists to suggest that the Pacific Northwest may be due for a massive subduction zone earthquake and he spent much of his career outlining earthquakes risks for areas from southern California to Haiti.
Scott Ashford, 541-737-4934; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashford is head of OSU’s School of Civil & Construction Engineering and a leading international expert on geotechnical earthquake engineering. He can discuss ground-shaking, liequefaction, landslides and lateral spreading.
John Nabelek, 541-737-2757; Nabelek@coas.oregonstate.edu
Nabelek studies global tectonic processes, including how large earthquakes are triggered, and has conducted research in Tibet, Nepal and other locations. He also can discuss the science of seismicity and techniques for analyzing earthquake sources.
Bob Dziak, 541-867-0175; email@example.com
Dziak is a marine geologist who uses an array of hydrophones coordinated by the U.S. Navy to “listen” to undersea earthquakes and learn more about the large-scale and small-scale seismic activity of ocean regions around the world.
Anne Trehu, 541-737-2655; firstname.lastname@example.org
Trehu directs the National Science Foundation-funded EarthScope national office, which coordinates research on the structure of the deep-Earth to provide scientists with a better understanding of the physical processes causing earthquakes and volcanoes.
Chris Higgins, 541-737-8869, email@example.com
Higgins is a professor of structural engineering and Slayden Construction Faculty Fellow at OSU, where he is an expert on structural performance during earthquakes.
Miller is a structural engineer and has performed research on the response of wood structures to seismic loadings.
Rakesh Gupta, 541-737-4223; firstname.lastname@example.org
Gupta is a professor of wood science whose work focuses on creating wood structures that can better withstand nature’s violent forces, including earthquakes, hurricanes, and wind storms. He also analyzes wooden structures that have been destroyed to ascertain the cause of their destruction.
Andrew Meigs, 541-737-1214; email@example.com
Meigs, a geoscientist who heads the geology program at OSU, studies structural geology and the geology of earthquakes, and has conducted research on faults in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Los Angeles basin and South America.
Harry Yeh, 541-737-8057 (or 541-737-4934); firstname.lastname@example.org
Yeh holds the Miles Lowell and Margaret Watt Edwards Distinguished Chair in Engineering at OSU, where he is a leading international expert on tsunamis. He can discuss the processes by which earthquakes trigger tsunamis, recent major events around the world, and tsunami hazard mitigation.
Solomon Yim, 541-737-6894 (or 541-737-4934); email@example.com
Yim is a professor of structural and ocean engineering and can discuss new efforts at constructing building, bridges and other structures that can withstand the forces of tsunamis. He is the interim director of the Hinsdale Wave Laboratory at OSU and its Tsunami Wave Basin.
Dan Cox, 541-737-3631 (or 541-737-4934); firstname.lastname@example.org
Cox is a professor of coastal and ocean engineering at OSU, where he studies the impact of tsunamis and ocean waves on coastal structures. He can discuss how tsunamis vary in “behavior” as the approach coastal areas, depending on terrain, and the resulting damage they may induce.
Higley is professor and chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, and an expert on radiation health effects who can discuss the particular issue of radiation emissions from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant that was severely damaged during the March 11, 2011, subduction zone earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Patrick Corcoran, 541-325-8573; email@example.com
Corcoran is a coastal hazards outreach specialist for Oregon Sea Grant, based at OSU. In addition to his work with the NOAA Coastal Storms Program, Corcoran works with coastal community leaders on earthquake and tsunami preparation and education.
Lori Cramer, 541-737-5382; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cramer is a sociologist who studies natural resource-dependent communities and how they are affected by social problems, environmental risks and other issues. She has looked at the impacts of nuclear waste and hazardous waste facilities on rural communities, and is studying the effects of recent tsunami warnings on vulnerable populations at the Oregon coast.
2012 - One-year Anniversary of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami:
2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami:
The Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia Subduction Zone:
Tsunami Risk and Preparation
2011 New Zealand Earthquake
2010 Chilean Earthquake
2010 Haiti Earthquake
Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami