Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Following the unusual 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Richmond, Va., which sent shock waves up the East Coast, it seemed that everyone had a story on how they felt jolted (or not jolted) during their usual daily routines. It’s not every day that the area is hit with such magnitude. Experts say the last earthquake of that size hit the east coast in the 1880s.
Dr. Jonathan Husch, professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences and chair of the Department of Geological, Environmental, and Marine Sciences, talked about the recent earthquake in a news segment on New York's WPIX-TV (Channel 11) on Wednesday, August 24.
“Earthquakes in the eastern part of the United States are not all that unusual, but an earthquake of this size is a little bit rare,” said Husch in the morning news segment. “It happens typically about once every century or so.”
A member of the Rider faculty since 1980, Husch has developed an expertise in the general area of undergraduate education in the sciences and in the area of geologic hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, etc.). He has been featured an expert on a variety of media outlets. In 2010, he was appointed to a two-year term on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Science Advisory. The 16-member board, composed of scientists, educators and experts, will guide the department on many complex environmental issues, including air and water quality, wildlife issues, beach erosion, and protection of open spaces facing the state.