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Find Your Science at GSA
24 May 2010
GSA Release No. 10-27
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
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Scientists Share Latest Mexico Earthquake Data

A Joint Meeting of the Geological Society of America's Cordilleran Section & the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, with the Western Regional Society of Petroleum Engineers, 27–29 May 2010.

Boulder, CO, USA – From Mountains to Main Street is expected to draw more than 900 geoscientists to Anaheim, California, USA, later this week. and will feature 57 technical sessions presenting new earth-science research in oral and poster formats. The meeting will be hosted locally by the Department of Geological Sciences at California State University–Fullerton.

The technical program begins at 8:40 a.m. on Thursday and ends at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday.  Members of the media are invited to attend and cover scientific news.

Read session descriptions:
Search the program by session number or by title, author, or key words.
View the session schedule & individual abstracts:


Friday, 28 May, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Marquis Ballroom

Dr. Lucile M. Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey will present a keynote address titled, "When the Mountains Come to Main Street: Helping California Live with Natural Disasters." Dr. Jones, as head of the U.S. Geological Survey office in Pasadena, has long been the person associated with press conferences discussing recent earthquakes in southern California. Dr. Jones is now chief scientist for the Multi Hazards Demonstration Project in Southern California, integrating hazards science with economic analysis and emergency response to increase community resiliency to natural disasters.

Late-Breaking Earthquake Session

Saturday, 29 May, Marriott Anaheim Hotel: Platinum 8-9

In April 2010, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in Northern Baja California, Mexico. The earthquake (Sierra El Mayor-Cucapah Earthquake) occurred 30 miles south southeast of Mexicali, Mexico, and caused widespread liquefaction, road ruptures, cracking of infrastructure, tilting of power line towers, and partial or total collapse of many buildings. Between 25,000 and 35,000 people were displaced.

Conveners Thomas Rockwell (San Diego State University) and John Fletcher (CICESE, Ensenada, Mexico) have assembled this late-breaking special session to examine the latest data surrounding this seismic event. One new study presents one of the first uses of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) for rapid scientific response following an earthquake.

The scientific exchange will be enhanced with pre- and post-meeting field trip options that highlight the diverse geology of southern California, including geologic features of the Mojave Desert, the pools and redwoods of Icehouse Canyon, the structural history and geochronology of Soledad and Plush Ranch Basins, volcanic unrest at Mammoth Mountain, California’s primary petroleum source rock in the Los Angeles Basin, and outcrops of the Capistrano Formation in the vicinity of San Clemente State Beach.


Find complete meeting information at
Follow the meeting on Twitter via hashtag #Cord10.

Eligibility for media registration is as follows:

Present media credentials to William Cox onsite at the GSA Registration desk in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel to obtain badge for media access.

Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Journalists and PIOs must pay for any short courses, field trips, or ticketed events in which they wish to participate.

Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

For additional information and assistance, contact Christa Stratton, GSA Director of Communications, at the address above.