Media Advisory: 1999 Spring Meeting -- Updated Press Conference Schedule

fer Harden, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA
Mr. Eric Kasischke, ERIM International, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
Ms. Elaine Matthews, Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY
Prof. Susan Trumbore, University of California, Irvine, CA

Honors Ceremony
June 2, 5:30 P.M. - Boston Marriott Copley Place (across from Hynes Convention Center), Ballroom Level
AGU President John Knauss will present awards and medals to various scientists. He will present the Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism to David Sington for his BBC/Discovery Channel series, "Earth Story." The ceremony and subsequent reception are open to press registrants.
(Note: "Earth Story" will be shown continuously at the AGU booth in the exhibition area, one episode each morning and afternoon.)

Lessons From the Cariaco, Venezuela, Earthquake
June 3, 10:00 A.M. - Room 111
The 1997 earthquake in northeastern Venezuela, which killed 82 people, provided a rare opportunity to correlate a surface-rupturing quake with a known fault at depth, El Pilar, in an environment outside California and Japan. El Pilar is shown to behave differently from other well studied strike-slip fault systems, like San Andreas. Seismologists consider their findings an important breakthrough regarding a major, hazardous plate boundary fault zone. The earthquake also provided the opportunity to assess a natural hazard threat in a developing area. These risks are believed to be in some ways greater in the developing than in the developed world.
(Relates to Sessions S42A, S52A)

Dr. Ray M. Russo, Department of Geological Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Dr. Franck A. Audemard, Fundacin Venezolana de Investigacines Sismologicas (FUNVISIS) (Venezuelan Foundation for Seismological Research), Caracas, Venezuela
Dr. M. Baumbach, GeoForschungsZentrum, Po

Contact: Harvey Leifert
American Geophysical Union

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