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Science on Tap: Earthquakes and Volcanoes

April 25, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Join SoT and Dr. Paddy Ball presenting Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in the USA: why do they happen and when will they happen again?! 
  • Monday, April 25, 6:30  – Wolverine Farm Publick House
  • The United States of America is the country with the greatest number of active volcanoes, and has experienced the 7th-most major earthquakes since records began. Both phenomena can threaten human life and cause billions of dollars of damage. Understanding why volcanoes erupt and why faults break is important for mitigating future disasters. In the United States, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes primarily occur along the east coast and on the Aleutian and Hawaiian islands. During this talk, I will explain what causes volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, why these particular regions are prone to these natural disasters, and how we predict future events. Finally, I will talk about Yellowstone and super eruptions of the past, including the daddy of them all, which was twice as big as the largest Yellowstone eruption and occurred in Colorado! 
  • Paddy Ball is originally from the UK and completed his Bachelors, Masters and PhD in Earth Sciences at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, respectively. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University. His research focuses on chemically analyzing volcanic lavas, and measuring the speeds of earthquake waves, to understand the structure of the inside of the Earth. 
  • Come for the beer and stay for the SCIENCE!
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April 25, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm