Earthquake Rupture Processes and Hazard Mitigation: Kinematics and dynamics of fault rupture. Earthquake initiation processes. Rapid magnitude determination from P-wave arrivals. Earthquake early warning systems.
Natural Hazards: Effects and Mitigation
3D Structure and Processes of the Earth's Interior : Tomographic imaging of the Earth's interior to constrain 3D structure using integrated seismic techniques. Mapping of anisotropic structure to determine strain fields and flow in the Earth's mantle. Particularly interested in mantle upwelling processes, coupling with crustal deformation and surface volcanism.
In the News
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a 2016-17 state budget that provides $10 million to help launch a statewide earthquake early-warning system.
UC Berkeley scientists are releasing an Android app with the goal of creating a worldwide seismic detection network that could eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes.
The Obama administration and members of Congress today renewed their commitment to funding an earthquake early warning system along the Pacific Coast.
A large team of scientists has nearly completed the first map of the mantle under the tectonic plate that is colliding with the Pacific Northwest and putting Seattle, Portland and Vancouver at risk of the largest earthquakes and tsunamis in the world.
Scientists at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory were alerted 10 seconds before Sunday morning’s 6.0 magnitude temblor on the Napa Fault, courtesy of the ShakeAlert earthquake early-warning system.
Although California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last week to create a statewide earthquake early warning system, the United States is still behind the curve in embracing technology that has proven to save lives, lessen damage and speed recovery after a major quake.
The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported on the work of Richard M. Allen, Director of the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, for helping to develop an early warning system that flashes imminent danger when a damaging earthquake is about to strike.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $6 million to three West Coast universities to create a prototype earthquake early warning system for the Pacific Coast of the United States.