Earthquakes, tsunamis and Japan’s explosive geology

Posted by pt91 at Feb 28, 2017 10:39 AM |
University of Leicester free public lecture on 13 March to explore how geological records of earthquakes and tsunamis can help plan for life on a plate boundary

Issued by University of Leicester on 28 February 2017

Geological records of earthquakes and tsunamis affecting Japan and the surrounding region will be the subject of the 58th Annual Bennett Lecture on Monday 13 March, which is being hosted by the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester.

The lecture, ‘Plate tectonics in action: Earthquakes, tsunamis and the geology of Japan’, will be delivered by Professor Simon Wallis, from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan. He will investigate how geological records can help understand the recently recognised phenomenon of slow earthquakes, reveal the frequency of tsunamis, and help people plan for living on a plate boundary.

Professor Mark Williams, of the Department of Geology, said: "We are delighted to be able to welcome Professor Wallis to the University of Leicester. He is highly respected in his field and we encourage everyone to take this opportunity to learn more about the dynamic geological history of Japan."

Japan is situated near a destructive plate margin. Professor Wallis will explore the geology of the area which records hundreds of millions of years of plate convergence at the edge of East Asia.

The Pacific Ocean and Philippine Sea oceanic plates dive beneath the continental domain of Japan and the movement along these plate boundaries produces common small earthquakes and much rarer but very destructive mega earthquakes with associated tsunamis. One example was the devastating event of March 2011.

Professor Wallis will look at how the recording of earthquakes and tsunamis can help to provide an improved understanding of these tectonic hazards.

This 58th Annual Bennett Lecture is free to attend and open to students, staff, graduates and members of the public.

The lecture takes place on Monday 13 March at 6pm in Theatre 1 of the Bennett Building at the University of Leicester. Teas and coffees will be available from 5.30pm in the Bennett Foyer.

For more information contact Gail Andrews: telephone 0116 252 3921 email:

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