Free lecture series on earthquakes and natural hazards

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Date: Thursday, February 1, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawaii at Hilo invites the public to the first in a series of lectures on understanding earthquakes and other natural hazards on the island of Hawai`i on Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m. at the Kohala Intergenerational Center. There is no admission charge. Future presentations are being planned for Waimea and Waikoloa.

The lectures will emphasize the lessons learned from the October 15, 2006 earthquakes and will cover: the nature of earthquake, volcano, and tsunami hazards; ways to protect your home and family; and the role of government agencies in minimizing the effects of and responding to natural disasters.

The series will feature speakers representing the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV), the UH Hilo Geology Department, and Hawai`i County Civil Defense.

The program will consist of brief presentations followed by an extended question and answer period. Free literature and DVDs addressing the Big Island’s hazards and homeowner mitigation measures will be available.

To learn more about Hawai`i earthquakes and volcanoes, visit the HVO Web site, http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/. For more information on how to protect one’s home and family from natural disasters, visit the CSAV Web site, http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/~nat_haz/.


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