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50 years since Plate Tectonics: why do people still die in earthquakes?

  • Venue: National Museums Scotland
  • Date: 26 Jan '18
  • Time: 19:00 - 21:00
  • Price: £5
  • Showing Notes: Doors open 6pm
  • Venue Address:
    Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
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In the 50 years since the discovery of Plate Tectonics there have been huge advances in understanding how our planet works, and an extraordinary growth in observational capability: we can now monitor from space places moving on the Earth’s surface more slowly than our fingernails grow. We now understand much better where and why earthquakes occur, but the Earth’s population is becoming ever more vulnerable to earthquakes, especially in the great earthquake-and-mountain belt stretching from the Mediterranean to China. This lecture will examine the reasons for this, showing how geology and human behaviour have worked together to concentrate populations in the most dangerous places
50 years since Plate Tectonics: why do people still die in earthquakes?
50 years since Plate Tectonics: why do people still die in earthquakes? 50 years since Plate Tectonics: why do people still die in earthquakes?