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April 5, 2006
Stephanie Hanna 206-331-0335 shanna@usgs.gov
Leslie Gordon 650-329-4006 lgordon@usgs.gov

Media Advisory: Virtual Tour Offers Modern and Historic Close-Ups of 1906 Earthquake

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will release an on-line virtual tour of the 1906 earthquake on Thursday, April 6, that will offer the public an opportunity to interactively view both historic information and up-to-the-minute science and hazard information on the most damaging earthquake in U.S. history.

The virtual tour, using the three-dimensional geographic mapping tool Google Earth, begins with a view from space and zooms in on the 300-mile rupture of the 1906 earthquake along the San Andreas Fault. Using overlays of ground-shaking intensity, damage, historic photos and first-hand accounts, the 1906 earthquake is revealed in a historic and scientific context. In addition, the user can explore the present day earthquake hazard in the Bay Area with maps and other on-line resources.

Who: Luke Blair, USGS geologist and a creator of the virtual tour, will be joined by Marco Ticci, a USGS volunteer, and Dr Mary Lou Zoback, USGS research geophysicist and chair of the steering committee of the 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance.

Where: Conference Room A (2nd Floor), Building 3, USGS Menlo Park Science Center, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.

When: Thursday, April 6, 10:00 a.m.

What: From space images to historic records, the San Andreas Fault today and during the 1906 earthquake is illuminated in a three-dimensional virtual tour.

Web cast: To view the news conference live via the Web, log onto: mms://video.wr.usgs.gov/live, which requires that the viewer has Windows Media Player installed on their computer. An archived copy of the video stream broadcast will be available after the news conference at mms://video.wr.usgs.gov/ehz/20060406.wmv.


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