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Japan Earthquake by Warren Antiola

Japan Earthquake by Warren Antiola

The April talk will be given by Finn Illsley-Kemp who will be talking about his research into seismology.

Poster for Finn Illsley Kemp

Poster for Finn Illsley Kemp

Plate tectonics is the fundamental theory behind the evolution of our planet. It can explain the highest mountains and the deepest oceans. Despite this it is a relatively new scientific idea and there remain many unanswered questions. Seismologists use the energy released from earthquakes to answer many questions about the Earth and its behaviour. In this talk Finn will show how this can be done. He will also discuss plate tectonics, its discovery and how it has shaped the world we inhabit today. He will then discuss his active research in the Great Rift Valley of East Africa and what this can tell us about the past and the future.

Finn Illsley-Kemp is a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Southampton where he uses seismology to investigate the structure of the Earth. He has conducted research in Canada, Tanzania and, most recently, Ethiopia.