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May 12, 2010
Clarice Nassif Ransom 703-648-4299

Congressional Briefing -- Citizen Science and Earthquakes: Reducing the Risk Through the Power of People

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In the United States, 1 in 4 people live with the risk of earthquakes. The U.S. Geological Survey and its partners are designing innovative tools to better detect earthquakes and share critical information. The involvement of citizens is key, as decisions made before and immediately after an earthquake can save lives and protect property.

What: The USGS will host a congressional briefing on how innovative tools combined with citizen involvement can help save lives and minimize economic losses from earthquakes.

Who: Jack Hayes, Director, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (emcee)
David Wald, U.S. Geological Survey
John Hooper, Director of Earthquake Engineering at Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Mark Benthien, Southern California Earthquake Center

Where: 1334 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C

When: Friday, May 21, 2010
10 a.m.

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