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Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, June 22, 2024


June 18, 2002 – The public is invited to attend a free, illustrated presentation on seismicity in the Virgin Islands entitled, "Earthquakes in Paradise," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, in Chase Auditorium on the St. Thomas campus of the University of the Virgin Islands.
The presentation will be linked via teleconference to Room 401 of the Melvin Evans Center on UVI’s St. Croix campus.
Sponsored by UVI in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, the presentation will feature data compiled by noted seismologist Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade, network administrator of the Puerto Rico Seismic Network.
The presentation, which will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m., is offered to provide information and answer concerns about the unusual clustering of seismic events in the Virgin Islands in recent weeks. The discussion will relate recent activity to the movements of the Caribbean plate.
Roy A. Watlington, UVI St. Thomas Chancellor, physics professor at the UVI Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, and co-compiler of the historical work, "Disaster and Disruption in 1867: Hurricane, Earthquake and Tsunami in the Danish West Indies," will introduce von Hillebrandt-Andrade.
VITEMA director Harold Baker will provide safety advice. Following the presentations, all three experts will be on hand to answer questions.
"Earthquakes in Paradise" is presented as part of UVI's 40th Anniversary lecture series.
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