Klaus and me went to the SSA 2012 annual meeting in San Diego in April. The conference was great and very focussed. I really like that kind of rather small meetings, where almost everything is interesting for me. I saw a lot of interesting posters and great talks and especially liked the paleoseismology and archeoseismology sessions (of course!).
The session Earthquakes and Tsunamis at Coastal Archaeological Sites (chaired by Manuel, Beverly and Tina) had five interesting presentations on the broader Mediterranean area, and the talk from Klaus caused a huge media echo (more on this in a later post). With ground motions and site response dealt the session Macroseismic Effects in Recent and Ancient Earthquakes and their Relationship to Ground Motion Parameters. Especially Klaus Hintzen’s talk on modeling of the deformation observed in L’Aquila and Lorca caught my interest here. Good posters with a lot of fascinating trenching data could be found in the Neotectonics, Fault Geology and Paleoseismic Studies session. Additionally, the lunch was great and the organizers did a perfect job.
It was fun to meet some good friends and colleagues, and also to get to know new colleagues. I hope I can convince some of them to contribute to paleoseismicity.org in the future…
Tom Rockwell led one of the official excursions to the Elsinore Fault in southern California and showed fascinating geology and impressive fault features.
The fault had nice offset channels and some clear lithological contacts. A great feeling to stand at one of the most important tectonic features in Southern California, although we had around 40°C. Tom, however, managed to impress me even more the next day when we drove to Mexico and had a look at his work on the Laguna Salada Fault which ruptured in 2010, shaking large parts of Baja California!
This was just great, the surface ruptures were so impressive!
All in all, we had a great time, and a muchissima gracias goes to Tom for his hospitality and patience.