"On Topic" with Michael West

This episode’s guest is Michael West, Alaska’s State Seismologist, a UAF Research Associate Professor, and Director of the Alaska Earthquake Center. Mike received his PhD at Columbia University in 2001, and has an undergraduate degree in physics from Colorado College. His professional service focuses on advocacy for earthquake and tsunami preparedness, with an emphasis on Alaska and the Arctic.

“Any time you have an [earthquake] of that size, while it is not welcomed, while it is not something that we want to have happen, it is in some sense an experiment, that is a natural experiment that nature doesn’t run very often for us. So, there’s a tremendous amount to learn.” 

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