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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU Geology Professor to Discuss U.S. Earthquakes and the Mystery about Missouri Seismic Zone

September 10th, 2011

Story Contact: MU News Bureau, 573-882-6211,

WHAT:  Eric Sandoval, MU associate professor of geological sciences, will discuss the mystery of the Missouri seismic zone and how it may affect the future.

Millions of people on the East Coast were shaken mentally and physically after a strong earthquake unexpectedly rattled the relatively stable region. Could a similar event occur here in the Midwest? The answer is yes. Some of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history have occurred in the New Madrid seismic zone, a fault line located in Missouri’s Bootheel region. This Saturday, Sandoval will share what is currently known about this natural feature of the Show Me State and its potential for future earthquakes. 

Saturday Morning Science talks are geared to anyone with an interest in science and require no scientific background or knowledge to attend. The event is free and open to the public of all ages.

WHO:  Eric Sandoval, MU associate professor of geological sciences.

WHEN & WHERE:  10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10
                                 Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center
                                 MU campus

NOTE:  Bagels, donuts, juice and coffee will be served at 10 a.m. Seating is limited to 250.