Learning from Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters

April 13, 2010 - 11:30am

Mary C. Comerio

When an earthquake happens (most recently in Haiti and Chile), reporters focus on the dramatic damage and the human suffering. What causes earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters? How can we understand what happened and why? How does it compare to other disasters? How do we estimate the impacts and assess damages? Mary Comerio will discuss the science and technology used in learning from earthquakes and other natural disasters.

Mary Comerio