9 October 2018

Join the Headline Story Lecture on the Sulawesi tsunami

The Graduate School of Geosciences invites you to the Headline Story Lecture on: Sulawesi, why the earthquake was anticipated and the tsunami came unexpected by dr. Rob Govers* and dr. Eldert Advokaat**.

On 28 September 2018 10:02 UCT Sulawesi (Indonesia) was hit by a moment magnitude 7.5 earthquake. A tsunami followed soon after that. Both events resulted in major amounts of casualties and damage, particularly in the major city Palu. Rob Govers and Eldert Advokaat will show why the earthquake was anticipated, and explain why the tsunami came unexpected. They will discuss the earthquake and its aftershocks, and give currently available information on the surface deformation from satellite observations.

The impact of the tsunami was worsened by Palu Bay. That’s why they also discuss the geologic context of the earthquake, liquefaction and landslides, and speculate what may have been the cause of the tsunami.

We look forward to welcoming you on:

Thursday 11 October, 16.00-17.00, ground floor, Vening Meinesz Building A

*Dr. Rob Govers works as an Assistant Professor in Tectonophysics at the Faculty of Geosciences. He has been featured as an earthquake expert in many television shows, such as the NOS Achtuurjournaal and RTL Nieuws, and has appeared several times in the major Dutch newspapers.

** Dr. Eldert Advokaat is Lecturer Physical Geography at the Faculty of Geosciences. During his PhD research he studied the geology and tectonics of the western part of the North Arm of Sulawesi.

If you have any questions, please contact Els Roza: e.roza@uu.nl