The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes

Dec 4, 2013
4:30 PM
Porter Hall 100

In the winter of 1811-1812, powerful earthquakes shook the Mississippi Valley. These quakes were big news in 1812, yet by the late 19th century, they had been forgotten. Why? Conevery Bolton Valencius, assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, uses a newly-published history to trace how environmental transformations, the Civil War, and changes within seismology erased memory of the New Madrid quakes --- and how recent science is bringing them back to scientific and civic attention. This lecture is part of the 2013-2014 Carnegie Mellon Environmental History Lecture Series to celebrate the History Department's longtime focus on environmental history and the illustrious history of Professor Joel Tarr.
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