Scientists share latest Mexico earthquake data

A Joint Meeting of the Geological Society of America’s Cordilleran Section and the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, with the Western Regional Society of Petroleum Engineers, is expected to draw more than 900 geoscientists to Anaheim, California, USA, later this week.

From Mountains to Main Street, will be held 27-29 May 2010 at the Marriot Anaheim 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.


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,” on Friday, 28 May, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Marquis Ballroom. 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. Read more about Jones at

Late-Breaking Earthquake Session

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 a late-breaking special session on Saturday, 29 May, 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.

View the special session schedule and abstracts:

El Mayor-Borrego Earthquake I:8:30 – 10:40 a.m.

El Mayor-Borrego Earthquake II: 1:30 – 3:10 p.m.

Marriott Anaheim Hotel: Platinum 8-9

View a complete list of meeting sessions at

To see the session schedule and view abstracts, click Search the program by session number (from list at the first link above) or by title, author, or key words.

Follow the meeting on Twitter via hashtag #Cord10.

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

Eligibility for media registration is as follows:

  • Working press representing bona fide, recognized news media with a press card, letter or business card from the publication.
  • Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, ISWA, CSWA, ACS, ABSW, EUSJA, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2009 or 2010.
  • PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

To obtain a badge for media access, present credentials onsite to William Cox at the GSA registration desk in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel. Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Journalists and PIOs must pay regular fees for paid luncheons and any short courses or field trips in which they 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.

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