For Release through March 7
DALLAS- When a nuclear blast goes off, the Earth shakes. Seismologists can use the Earth's vibrations to discover the size, force and location of nuclear activity, as well as of other explosions and natural occurrences around the world. Brian Stump, the next featured speaker in the Brookhaven College Science Lecture Series, will present "Forensic Seismology and Nuclear Testing: The Detective Work of Seismologists." The lecture series continues this spring on March 2 at 7 p.m. in Bldg. X, Room X1091.
For decades, there has been a connection between seismology and nuclear-explosion monitoring. Seismology is able to bring together data that can determine where and when a seismic event occurred, and what caused it.
Stump, Albritton Chair of Geological Sciences at Southern Methodist University, served three years as program manager of the Nuclear Test Monitoring Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and took part in negotiations for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in Geneva, Switzerland. Since 1987, Stump has served as the Secretary of the Department of Defense Seismic Review Panel, where he contributes as an expert in the identification, location and yield determination of nuclear explosions.
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