University of Tulsa Hosting Haiti Earthquake Discussion & Explanation

TULSA, Okla. – The University of Tulsa Department of Geosciences will host a multidisciplinary discussion at noon, Monday, February 8 in the Alcove at the Allen Chapman Activity Center.

Geosciences Professor Bryan Tapp will discuss the factors that contributed to a disaster of such magnitude in Haiti.

The Magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti (Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 04:53:09 PM at epicenter) is one of the most significant earthquakes in recent time. Even though the earthquake was much weaker than the recent earthquake in Sichuan, China (M7.9), the resultant death toll is significantly higher, approaching or perhaps surpassing the 2004, (M9.1) Banda Aceh earthquake.

The talk will concentrate on the mechanics of the earthquake itself, the fault system on which the earthquake occurred, and the underlying reasons that this earthquake caused such significant damage and loss of life. At the time of this announcement, the official death toll is put at 150,000. The estimates of the ultimate death toll range from 200,000 to more than 300,000. This event is one of the largest humanitarian crises in recent history.

There will be an open question and answer session and discussion session after the talk. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the department of geosciences at (918) 631-2517.

Updated 02-05-2010

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