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SUBJECT: Hurricane expert to visit Memorial University
DATE: Sept. 27, 2005

Note to editors:

A well-known U.S. geologist will discuss the possibilities of a major hurricane hitting landfall along the northeast coast of North America at an interesting lecture at Memorial University on Oct. 6, 2005. Dr. Nicholas Coch’s lecture is titled, Hurricane Hazards in the Northeast U.S., and comes on the heels of when several American cities are still reeling from Hurricane Katrina. His talk will describe the dynamics of hurricanes, the unique characteristics of northern hurricanes, expected damage patterns and examples from past storms. Northern hurricanes are infrequent but the consequences of their landfalls along the northeast coast are serious. Dr. Coch’s historic analysis indicates they can reappear about every 90 years. The last one was in 1938. Dr. Coch is a professor of geology at Queens College, City University of New York, and a member of the doctoral faculty in earth and environmental sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center. A teacher for 40 years, he has been at Queens College since 1967.

The evening lecture is being held from 7:30-10 p.m.in SN-2109 in the Science Building, on Memorial’s St. John’s campus

Media agencies are encouraged to send representatives. Parking is available in Lot15.

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