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REF NO.: 199

SUBJECT: Visiting lecturer to talk about the nature of tsunamis, why they happen and what makes them so different

DATE: Feb. 10

Note to editors:

The Department of Geography at Memorial University will host a public lecture with Dr. Steven Ward, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz. His lecture, titled Tsunami – Landslides, Asteroids and Quakes, Oh My!, will be held on Monday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Science Building, room SN-2109. Free parking is available in lot 15, across from the School of Music. This lecture is sponsored by the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Geological Association of Canada, Newfoundland Section.

Dr. Ward is a research geophysicist with an interest in learning about deep-seated earth processes from surface observations, and developing quantitative models for them. One of his key research areas is modeling the generation and propagation of tsunamis caused by seismic activity, bolide impacts and landslide processes. Demonstrations of his presentations, simulations and animations are available at

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For more information, please contact Dr. Trevor Bell, Department of Geography, at 737-2525or


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