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MEDIA ADVISORY: Earthquake Workshop to be Hosted by MU

July 18th, 2012

Story Contact: Timothy Wall, 573-882-3346, walltj@missouri.edu

WHAT: The University of Missouri faculty will host a workshop that aims to improve earthquake science curriculum. Twenty teachers from the central United States will attend. The workshop will focus on how to improve curriculum and educational materials focused on mid-continent earthquakes. This type of quake, such as the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12, occurs within the tectonic plates that make up the Earth’s crust as opposed to quakes that occur where plates collide, such as those that affect California.

The workshop will include a field trip to New Madrid to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the 1811-1812 earthquakes.

The workshop is a collaboration between the University of Missouri Department of Geological Sciences and MU Science Education Center. The workshop is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

WHO: Reporters are invited to attend the workshop. The workshop is not open to the public.

WHEN & WHERE:

July 10 – 16 & 18, 2012; 109 Townsend Hall, MU campus

Featured Events:

  • 9:45 a.m., Thursday July 12 – A discussion of the forces involved in folding of the Earth’s crust and the cause of mid-continent earthquakes
  • 4:15 p.m., Thursday July 12 – An explanation of the scales used to measure quakes

July 16 – 17, 2012; New Madrid, Missouri

Featured Events:

  • Morning, Monday July 16 – The workshop’s participants will arrive in New Madrid to begin a tour of the area affected by the 1811-1812 earthquakes and visit the town’s museum.

 

For a complete schedule of events please contact the MU News Bureau.

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