Tsunami colloquium set at FHSU

With the recent devastation in southern Asia, four Fort Hays State University Geosciences Department faculty are conducting a discussion and question-and-answer session to explain the deadly 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

The panel will present "Geologic and Geographic Perspectives on the South Asian Tsunami: A Public Colloquium" from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in Tomanek Hall, room 106.

The colloquium will cover plate tectonics and geologic causes of the earthquake, dynamics of the tsunami from the perspective of oceanography, satellite imagery of the physical and human impacts of the tsunami, and the cultural, political, economic and religious context of the disaster and relief efforts.

" It's one of those things where it's a big geology and geography related story in the news," said Dr. Ron Schott, assistant professor of geosciences. "I thought that it would make the public more aware of what was going on and also make them more aware about our department."

Schott will conduct the colloquium along with Dr. Ken Neuhauser, professor of geosciences; Dr. John Heinrichs, associate professor geosciences; and Dr. Paul Phillips, chair of the Department of Geosciences.

The discussion is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Schott by phone at (785) 628-5348 or at (785) 628-5389.

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