What’s Shaking? Earthquakes in Borrego Valley and Around the World

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 7:30pm to Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 4:00pm


There are two spaces available for the class. First come, first served!

What’s Shaking? Earthquakes in Borrego Valley and Around the World

Underwritten in memory of Fran Medema

February 3-4, 2017

Jamison H. Steidl, PhD
Research Seismologist, Earth Research Institute
Adjunct Professor, Earth Science, UC Santa Barbara 

The talk will focus on both local earthquakes and faults in and around the Borrego Valley, as well as provide a more global view of earthquake hazards in light of recent earthquake disasters. Along the way we will take a look at some of the earthquake myths that are out there, and see if any of them stand up to scientific scrutiny.

The field trip will be an introduction to earthquake monitoring in the internet age and a visit to the UCSB Borrego Valley Seismic Station and walk to view Lute Fault, at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

Hike Level: easy to moderate walking will be involved. The walk to Lute Fault will be cross country on uneven terrain.

Bring: Lunch, snacks, water, sun protection, camera, and sturdy walking shoes.

Class Schedule and Pricing

Friday Lecture
7:30-9:00 p.m.
$5 at the door; open to the public

Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
401 Tilting T Drive
Borrego Springs
Saturday Field Class
9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
$60 - Public Rate (includes lecture)
$50 - ABF Member Rate (includes lecture)

ABF Office
587 Palm Canyon Drive #110
Borrego Springs


About the Instructor:
Dr. Jamison H. Steidl is a Research Seismologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Earth Research Institute, and an adjunct Professor in the Earth Science department. Dr. Steidl is the Principal Investigator of the UCSB Geotechnical Array facilities, sponsored by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This engineering seismology research infrastructure is designed to provide the observational case histories from earthquakes that will allow for improvements in our ability to predict the effects of ground shaking from future earthquakes. In particular, the effects of soil amplification and non-linear soil behavior, soil-foundation-structure interaction, permanent ground deformation, and liquefaction.