Professor’s research, STEM lecture seek path to tsunami safety
Catastrophes in Indonesia in 2004 and Japan in 2011 grabbed the headlines. But tsunamis actually are far more common than you might think: 155 have been recorded worldwide over the past 12 years and have claimed nearly a quarter-million human lives.
California and the West Coast have been spared a tragedy, but being on the seismically precipitous “Ring of Fire” means it’s merely a matter of time before people living in low-lying coastal regions are confronted with the unthinkable. Hundreds of thousands could have only minutes to get to high ground.
Sacramento State Geography Professor Mathew Schmidtlein is part of a research effort that could lead those coastal residents on a clearer path to safety when a tsunami inevitably strikes. He will present his team’s findings during the University’s first fall presentation in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) series of free lectures at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the University Union, Redwood Room.