This talk will provide a broad overview of global seismicity and a summary of the largest and most destructive earthquakes recorded since the beginning of instrumental monitoring in 1900. Selected earthquakes will be looked at in details to provide a better understanding of the physical characteristics of the events and how they might be related to past and future earthquakes. This talk will provide the audience with a better appreciation of the complexity of devastating earthquakes and their aftershocks and illustrative examples of how we monitor and report on earthquakes to mitigate their impact on society.
Harley Benz is Scientist-in-Charge of the United States Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado. The mission of the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) is to determine rapidly the location and size of all destructive earthquakes worldwide and to immediately disseminate this information to concerned national and international agencies, scientists, and the general public. Dr. Benz provides government oversight on seismic monitoring research and monitoring system design used for characterizing earthquake sources and assessing damage from earthquakes and he has authored more the 80 papers on different aspects of earthquake seismology.