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Professor’s research, STEM lecture seek path to tsunami safety

Tsunami STEM lecture 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.
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