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World of Science: Earthquakes

Fri, Feb 05, 2016 starting at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

State geophysicist discusses possibility of quake occurrence in Midwest 

Dr. Timothy LarsonCan an earthquake occur in east central Illinois? A state geophysicist will discuss the possibilities early next month at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College.

Dr. Timothy Larson, the next speaker in the planetarium's World of Science lecture series, will present "Earthquakes: Fact and Fiction," Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Admission is $1 at the door with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge.

The 2015 film San Andreas provided a glimpse into what a major earthquake could do to the West Coast. But how much of the movie is realistic and how much of it is simply Hollywood taking liberties? Larson will discuss the principles of earthquakes, how they are depicted in Hollywood, and the possibility of earthquakes in the Midwest.

Larson is a senior geophysicist in the Hydrogeology and Geophysics section at the Illinois State Geological Survey, where he has been employed since 1980. One of his tasks is to operate the ISGS seismometer and engage in public outreach.

Following Larson's talk, the planetarium will present its newest feature on Native American astronomy, Spirits From the Sky, Thunder on the Land. For a full schedule of programs, call the show hotline at 217/351-2446 or see www.parkland.edu/planetarium.

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