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Free Webinar: Preliminary Geological and Structural Reconnaissence Observations from the 08/09/20 Sparta, NC earthquake

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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On August 9, 2020 at 8:07AM, the largest recorded earthquake to strike North Carolina occurred near Sparta. The 5.1 magnitude earthquake (MMI 6) was preceded in the days before by several small foreshocks felt by local residents and followed to date by ~100 aftershocks. In this webinar, a multidisciplinary team from NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, USGS, and NC Geological Survey will discuss their observations including ground shaking characterization, geological features, and structural damage assessment. Speakers include: Dr. Mervyn J. Kowalsky, NC State; Ariadne L. Palma Parra, NC State; Dr. Paula M. Figueiredo, NC State; Dr. Arthur J. Merschat, US Geological Survey; Dr. Lewis A. Owen, NC State; and Dr. Kevin G. Stewart, NC Geological Survey.