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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2011

University of Nevada, Reno’s earthquake experts offer information

Graham Kent, director of Nevada Seismological Laboratory and former research geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Ian Buckle, director of the Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research available for interviews

RENO, Nev. – With the magnitude 8.9 and devastating tsunami in northeast Japan, experts in seismology, earthquakes and tsunamis, and the impact of earthquakes on bridges and other structures from the University of Nevada, Reno are available for information, including Graham Kent, Nevada Seismological Laboratory director and geological sciences professor.

Graham Kent, Nevada Seismological Laboratory director and professor at University of Nevada, Reno.

He spent 20 years at Scripps Institution of Oceanography conducting a variety of research including tsunamis and ocean bottom seismology. He’s mapped an earthquake fault beneath Lake Tahoe that has produced a tsunami and is mapping a convergence of faults off the San Andreas in the Salton Sea.

Kent has studied geophysics since 1981 and received his doctorate in 1992 from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Kent’s work in geophysics is toward seismic studies of extensional tectonics, ranging from magma chambers beneath mid-ocean ridges to fault hazards.

Ian Buckle, director of the Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research and the Large-Scale Structures Laboratory and professor of civil and environmental engineering, is an internationally recognized and respected leader in earthquake and structural engineering and research in seismic performance of bridges and lifelines, earthquake protective systems for structures and more. He has conducted earthquake engineering research in Japan and just returned this week from a meeting in Japan where he is collaborating on a major project with the Center for Urban Earthquake Engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

To request an interview with Kent call 775-527-1574 or 775-784-4977, for Buckle call 775-784-1519 or contact University Media Relations at 775-784-4611.

For more information, go to http://www.seismo.unr.edu/; http://www.unr.edu/cee/earthquake-structural/index.html.

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