Slowpoke quakes can kick-start faster rumbles: Special lecture to cover earthquake types

Release Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2012

Slowpoke quakes can kick-start faster rumbles: Special lecture to cover earthquake types


CONTACT: Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute information officer, 907-474-5823,                                         


Fairbanks, Alaska— After years of tracking earthquake behavior, scientists have discovered there are two unique types of quakes – the fast and the slow. Most quakes are deemed “fast,” as they’re explosive bursts of energy. The “slow” quakes, on the other hand, take longer to unfold, and build intensity incrementally. Often those slowpoke quakes can kick-start the faster rumbles, which make them even more interesting to examine for scientists.      


Dr. Gregory Beroza, Wayne Loel Professor and chair of the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University, will present on these new earthquake distinctions in “The Tortoise and the Hare: Slow vs. Fast Earthquakes.” Beroza’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Park Theatre on Monday, September 17, 2012. This lecture is free and all ages are welcome.


As Alaskans experience as many as 24,000 earthquakes in state per year, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology and Seismological Society of America’s Distinguished Lecture Series are supporting Beroza’s to Fairbanks. This will be the first IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecture to be hosted in Alaska.

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ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Carl Tape, assistant professor, Geophysical Institute, at 907-474-5456 or via e-mail at


NOTE TO EDITORS: Gregory Beroza is available for in-person interviews on Monday, September 17.