The Tortoise and the Hare: Slow vs Fast Earthquakes

Monday Feb 18, 2013

1801 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Phone: 841-2802
Website: Click to Visit


FREE with museum admission



Lecture exploring the discoveries and qualities of unsusual "slow" earthquakes.

In the past decade, using sensitive monitoring networks, earthquake scientists have discovered some very unusual earthquakes. Like ordinary earthquakes, they occur as slip on the same faults, but they take a long time to unfold, such that they can be described as "slow." Unlike ordinary earthquakes, which grow explosively in size with increasing duration, slow earthquakes, whether large or small, grow at a constant rate and have the potential to trigger large earthquakes. Their recent discovery implies that there is much still to learn about earthquakes. Limited seating for events, to guarantee admission for any event, tickets must be purchased in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets, remaining lecture tickets go on sale the day of the event at the Museum.