To many of us who live along the coast of California, earthquakes are a living legend. That legend is closely associated with the San Andreas Fault, an earthquake line which runs roughly 800 miles through California forming the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. More than just a legend, earthquakes over the millennia have rattled the world in multiple events close in time are referred to as “earthquake storms.” These storms are close in geological time, not so much in human time.
As you might expect, this edition of Radio Curious is about earthquakes. Our guest is John Dvorak, Ph.D., a geophysicist and author of “Earthquake Storms: The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault.” He is currently employed by the United States Geological Survey, working for the Institute for Astronomy in Hilo, Hawaii, after having taught at the University of Hawaii, UCLA, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Smithsonian Institute.
In our visit, recorded on October 31, 2014, from his office in Hilo, Hawaii, we began our conversation when I asked him to describe what an earthquake storm is.
The book John Dvorak recommends is “Daughters of Fire,” by Tom Peek.
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