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RIA # 50: Dr. Chris Goldfinger on Reacting to Unexpected Media Attention

Dr. Chris Goldfinger

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Chris Goldfinger, Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Oregon State University. Chris’s research interests include subduction earthquakes; mechanics of oblique subduction, accretion and erosion of active margins; seafloor imaging, mapping, and visualization techniques; and seafloor drilling technology. His current work focuses on the investigation of the earthquake potential global subduction zones, including Sumatra, Japan and particularly the Cascadia subduction zone. Chris has been widely quoted by the media for his research, perhaps most noticeably in a 2015 New Yorker article called, “The Really Big One” about the potential fallout of a massive Cascadia earthquake.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Cascadia Research [00:00-10:55]

In this first segment, Chris shares about his research regarding the Cascadia subduction zone.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Media Attention [10:56-21:39]

In segment two, Chris shares about the media attention his research received after a New Yorker article went viral.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 3: Earthquake Preparedness [21:40-35:18]

In segment three, Chris shares about his work educating the general public about earthquake preparedness.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

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