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Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at various civic and corporate locations in the Saint Louis area.


MCPF Meeting - 7/16/20

July 16, 2020
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Although most earthquakes occur along plate boundaries, there are intraplate regions of Earth that show elevated levels of seismic activity, and the New Madrid and Wabash Valley fault systems are some of them. These regions contain ancient rifts from past plate tectonic collisions that seem to be acting as points of weakness along which modern-day geologic stresses are released. Although most of the stories of the 1811-1812 New Madrid seismic swarm are either incorrect or highly exaggerated and we see no indication of any significant current risks, the seismicity of that region has been above normal intraplate background levels, which themselves are not inconsequential. The potential impact for St. Louis is not recognized as being significant, although there is much that we do not know and regional seismicity and crustal deformation should continue to be monitored.

Bio:

Michael Wysession, a Professor of Geophysics and the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington University in St. Louis, is a leader in the areas of seismology and geophysical education. Michael has developed new means of using the seismic waves from earthquakes to “see” into the Earth and create three-dimensional images of Earth’s interior, helping us understand Earth composition and evolution. Michael constructed the first accurate computer-generated animation of how seismic waves propagate within the Earth from an earthquake, and has been involved with the deployment of seismic arrays in several parts of the world,

Michael has authored or co-authored over 100 papers and reports in geophysics and science education, and over 35 textbooks ranging from grade school to graduate school, including a lead graduate-level seismology, “Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure.” His awards for his research include the Packard Foundation’s Science and Engineering Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and the Innovation Award from the St. Louis Science Academy.

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