Expert Seismologist to Give Talk at Library Wednesday

The director of the Southern California Earthquake Center will be visiting the South Pasadena Library Community Room at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night to discuss the west coast earthquake early warning system.

Dr. John Vidale, currently a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California, has conducted research on a number of earthquake-related topics including earth structure, the dangers of strong shaking and earthquake hazard mitigation.

Vidale has an undergraduate degree from Yale and a PhD from Caltech. He has received the Macelwane Medal (1994), been named Gutenberg Lecturer by the American Geophysical Union and Researcher of the Year by the College of the Environment at the University of Washington, and has earned membership in the National Academy of Science.

The talk, entitled “Advance warning of shaking for the West Coast earthquakes – Progress and Challenges,” is brought to the public free of charge by the South Pasadena Amateur Radio Club. SPARC is an organization of amateur radio operators in South Pasadena, CA and the surrounding communities. Its focus is connecting local hams and providing emergency communications training and services. More information for SPARC can be found at