Monday, February 27, 2017

Presented by PSU Geology Professor Scott Burns

Is Portland Ready for the Big One?: Portland’s Past and Future Earthquakes

Kennedy School History Pub

6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. event
Free
All ages welcome

About Is Portland Ready for the Big One?: Portland’s Past and Future Earthquakes

In the Pacific Northwest of the United States, the Juan de Fuca plate is being subducted under the North American Plate at the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The lecture will discuss the hazards of and the preparedness for ground shaking, liquefaction, landslides and tsunamis along the subduction zone. What are the differences of recurrence intervals for large earthquakes on the northern and southern margins?

Much of the region was not thought to be an earthquake region so earthquake building standards are fairly recent. How does the chance of crustal, plate and subduction quakes affect building codes, emergency preparedness, siting of critical facilities, building of bridges, and transportation corridors in the region?

What have we learned from recent subduction quakes around the world that can be applied to the Pacific Northwest? What can the region expect after a large quake?

About the Speaker

Scott Burns is a Professor of Geology at Portland State University where he has taught for 27 years out of his 47 year teaching career. Dr. Burns specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, and Quaternary geology. He has authored over 90 publications and has had over 25 research grants. His first book, Environmental, Groundwater and Engineering Geology: Applications from Oregon, came out in January of 1998. Another book, Cataclysms on the Columbia, the Great Missoula Floods was published in October of 2009.

About Kennedy School History Pub

Kennedy School History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.