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Francis to Speak on Potential Long Beach Earthquakes on April 22

Published: April 15, 2009

Several potentially harmful earthquake faults run through the city of Long Beach, including the Newport-Inglewood Fault, whose rupture in 1933 led to millions of dollars in damage.

Understanding changes in faults over geologic time can help residents and government officials mitigate the danger, according to Professor Robert D. Francis of the CSULB Department of Geological Sciences.

Francis will discuss how cutting-edge sonic imagery of the earth’s subsurface is providing a greater understanding of potential seismic threats during his address on “Could it Happen Here? Expecting the Unexpected Earthquake in Long Beach,” at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) Fellows Colloquium and Dean’s Breakfast. The event takes place at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at The Pointe conference center in The Walter Pyramid.

Francis is gathering imagery to help discern the history of tectonic movement and received a grant to study the San Pedro Basin between Palos Verdes Peninsula and Santa Catalina Island. Prior to joining CSULB in 1987, Francis was a petroleum geologist who earned his Ph.D. in earth science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The colloquium and breakfast are free to members of the CNSM Fellows—the college’s premier support group—as well as CSULB students, and $25 for non-members. More information is available by contacting Alexandra Jordan at 562/985-4830, or at