Did you know that probability of a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake in the Greater Bay Area in the next 30 years is 63%, or about 2 out of 3? We will see what an earthquake in the Bay Area would look like and try to understand its effects. Just like an earthquake, a nuclear test can cause seismic disturbances that are recorded at monitoring stations around the world. We will learn how seismologists tell the difference between these two sources by sleuthing seismic signals.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Sean Ford

Sean Ford is a seismologist in the Ground-based Nuclear Detonation Detection Program, which is part of the Physical & Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His primary research at LLNL involves understanding the seismic signature of the explosion source. Dr. Ford attended Foothill High School in Pleasanton, received an A.B. in Geophysics from the University of California in 1999, an M.S. in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science from the University of California in 2008.

Ken Wedel

Earth Science Teacher
Tracy High School, Tracy Unified School District

Ken Wedel teaches Earth Science and Earth Science for English Language Learners at Tracy High School in Tracy, California. He developed the Earth Science program at Tracy High School, and has worked on curriculum mapping and curriculum alignment to the California State Standards for both high schools in Tracy. Ken has been involved with the Science Olympiad competition at the regional level for four years and enjoys advising the Tracy High School Team. Ken also works with Action Learning Systems creating California Earth Science Standards based benchmark tests. He has his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology California State University, Stanislaus.

When not teaching, Ken's interests include black powder rifles, backpacking the Sierra Nevada Mountains and exploring national parks with his family (which includes convincing his 8 year old son and 11 year old daughter that rocks are cool).