Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium presents "Earthquake and Tsunami Physics"

Earthquake and Tsunami Physics
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 4:30pm
Hewlett 200
Prof. Eric M. Dunham (Stanford)
Abstract / Description: 

Earthquakes are a familiar hazard to those of us in California. This talk explores our understanding of processes governing earthquake occurrence, starting from the basics of elasticity and friction and expanding to encompass behavior of fluid-saturated granular material in fault zones, geometric complexity of faults, shear heating and viscoelastic behavior of rocks, and fluid transport and pore fluid pressure evolution along fault zones. We'll examine why earthquakes are so unpredictable, how frictional sliding occurs without pervasively melting rocks, and some open questions regarding tsunami generation by offshore earthquakes. My group tackles these questions through development of continuum mechanics based models and computer simulations.



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