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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Geology and Physics Department presents "Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Nuclear Power: Global Fallout from Japan"

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Wendy Knipe Bredhold
Media Relations Specialist, News & Information Services
The University of Southern Indiana's Department of Geology and Physics will offer a lecture, "Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Nuclear Power: Global Fallout from Japan," at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in Mitchell Auditorium in the Health Professions Center.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Paul Doss, professor of geology, and Dr. Kent Scheller, associate professor of physics.

The earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis have become global events. The earthquake was measured in countries all over the world (including USI's seismograph), the subsequent tsunami has sparked reviews of advance warning systems worldwide, and the resulting nuclear meltdown has elevated radiation levels on the east coast of the U.S.

"There is a great deal of worry by citizens of all countries about the consequences of these events," Scheller said. "What we hope to do in our discussion is to inform the public about the basic nature of earthquakes, tsunamis, and nuclear power, as well as describe the potential outcomes when things go awry."

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Department of Geology and Physics at 812/464-1701.

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