Skip to main content
close
Font size options
Increase or decrease the font size for this website by clicking on the 'A's.
Contrast options
Choose a color combination to give the most comfortable contrast.
Image for event: 40 Years of Tsunami Research

Registration now closed

40 Years of Tsunami Research

A Mini-Course Offered by the NU Emeriti Organization and EPL

2022-10-11 18:00:00 2022-10-11 19:30:00 America/Chicago 40 Years of Tsunami Research Throughout Earth's history, few natural phenomena have resulted in such widespread colossal damage and loss of life as tsunamis, caused by volcanos, earthquakes, and--yes--even giant meteor strikes. Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tuesday, October 11
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2022-10-11 18:00:00 2022-10-11 19:30:00 America/Chicago 40 Years of Tsunami Research Throughout Earth's history, few natural phenomena have resulted in such widespread colossal damage and loss of life as tsunamis, caused by volcanos, earthquakes, and--yes--even giant meteor strikes. Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Main Library

Community Meeting Room (107)

Throughout Earth's history, few natural phenomena have resulted in such widespread colossal damage and loss of life as tsunamis, caused by volcanos, earthquakes, and--yes--even giant meteor strikes.

Professor emeritus Emile Okal of Northwestern's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has studied the physics and the geology of tsunamis for most of his career--frequently on site, arriving as soon as possible after they strike. This has led him all over the world--from Peru to Samoa, Yemen, and Madagascar. Prof. Okal will introduce us to the causes of tsunamis, how to measure them, and perhaps how we might someday forecast their effects. In the first session (Tuesday, October 11), he will review the general topic of tsunamis: what they are, what they can do (and have done, with specific examples), and what the role of the scientist is in studying them. In the second session (Tuesday, October 18), Prof. Okal will take a close look at several case studies from over the course of his professional career, examining which new facets of science, engineering, and social response each of these events have taught us. Among these: Sumatra 2004 and Japan 2011, but also challenging, less known cases such as Nicaragua 1992 and whatever comes out of our ongoing research into Tonga 2022--which is a very different event from the others, as it involved the largest volcanic eruption in 160 years. At the end of the day, we must ask the question: "Have we become any wiser?"

Readings for this mini-course will be circulated to all registered participants several weeks before the first class session. When you register, by default you will be registered for both class sessions, on October 11 and 18. Attendance of both sessions, though strongly recommended, is not required.

This mini-course is in-person only! Seating in the Community Meeting Room will be socially distanced (at least 3' apart).

About this picture: It shows Prof. Okal on the island of Niuatoputapu (Tonga) during the survey following the 2009 Samoa tsunami. This used to be a palm grove of 15m (50 foot) trees, all felled consistently to the left. In the back, the island of Tafahi. The white band at its bottom documents the stripping of the vegetation by the tsunami, later surveyed at a height of 22 meters (over 70 feet).

AGE GROUP: | Teens | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Virtual | Environment and Ecology |

TAGS: | |

Main Library

EPLInfo@cityofevanston.org
Phone: (847)448-8600
Branch manager
Yolande Wilburn, Executive Director

Hours
Mon, Jul 22 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jul 23 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jul 24 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jul 25 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jul 26 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jul 27 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jul 28 12:00PM to 6:00PM

About the branch

 

The City of Evanston is committed to promoting a Citywide culture of accessibility and inclusivity. To request an accommodation for a program, service, or activity, please call 847-866-2919 to make an ADA service request or fill out a request form online.

Upcoming events

Tue, Jul 23, All day
Main Library

Tue, Jul 23, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jul 23, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107),Newberry Conference Room

Tue, Jul 23, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Main Library
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jul 23, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jul 23, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Library - Small Meeting Room (108)
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Library

Tue, Jul 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Wed, Jul 24, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Mason Park

Wed, Jul 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Northlight Theatre Zoom
Registration is now closed

Canceled
Wed, Jul 24, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Main Library

Thu, Jul 25, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library

Thu, Jul 25, 10:15am - 10:45am
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Thu, Jul 25, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Zoom - Register to receive an email with a Zoom link and instructions on how to get into this class.
Registration is now closed

Thu, Jul 25, 1:30pm - 2:10pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)
Registration is now closed

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Thu, Jul 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Thu, Jul 25, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom - Register to receive an email with a Zoom link and instructions on how to get into this class.
Registration is now closed

Thu, Jul 25, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Thu, Jul 25, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Leah Lomar Park

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Fri, Jul 26, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Reading Garden

Fri, Jul 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Sat, Jul 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Sat, Jul 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Loft (Teen Space)

Sun, Jul 28, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Library - Art Garden

Sun, Jul 28, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room,Reading Garden
This event is full

Sun, Jul 28, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Mon, Jul 29, All day
Main Library

Mon, Jul 29, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Main Library

Mon, Jul 29, 10:15am - 10:35am
Main Library

Mon, Jul 29, 10:30am - 11:30am
Robert Crown Branch Library

Mon, Jul 29, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Jul 29, 11:00am - 11:40am
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jul 29, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Fleetwood-Jourdain Park

Mon, Jul 29, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Mon, Jul 29, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Library

Tue, Jul 30, All day
Main Library

Tue, Jul 30, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Jul 30, 10:30am - 11:00am
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Tue, Jul 30, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Library

Tue, Jul 30, 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room
This event is full

Wed, Jul 31, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Mason Park

Wed, Jul 31, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Wed, Jul 31, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Main Library - The Loft

Thu, Aug 01, All day
Main Library

Thu, Aug 01, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Conference Room East (311),Conference Room West (308)

Thu, Aug 01, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Main Library

Thu, Aug 01, 10:15am - 10:45am
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Thu, Aug 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual

Thu, Aug 01, 1:30pm - 2:10pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)
Registration is now closed

Thu, Aug 01, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Thu, Aug 01, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room
This event is full

Thu, Aug 01, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Main Library - Falcon Room (303)

Sat, Aug 03, 10:00am - 10:45am
Lee Street Beach (Lake Shore Blvd.)

Sat, Aug 03, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Sun, Aug 04, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Aug 05, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Main Library

Mon, Aug 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Robert Crown Branch Library

Mon, Aug 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Aug 05, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Fleetwood-Jourdain Park

Mon, Aug 05, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Aug 06, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Aug 06, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Falcon Room (303)
This event is full

Tue, Aug 06, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Wed, Aug 07, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Mason Park

Wed, Aug 07, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library

Wed, Aug 07, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 1 (Virtual)

Thu, Aug 08, All day
Main Library

Thu, Aug 08, 10:00am - 1:00pm
New venue Main Library - Falcon Room (303)

Thu, Aug 08, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Thu, Aug 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Thu, Aug 08, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Twiggs Park

Thu, Aug 08, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Main Library - Children's Room

Sat, Aug 10, 10:00am - 10:45am
Lee Street Beach (Lake Shore Blvd.)

Sat, Aug 10, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library

Sat, Aug 10, 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Main Library - Falcon Room (303)
This event is full

Sat, Aug 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Sat, Aug 10, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
- Elks Park

Sat, Aug 10, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Aug 12, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Main Library

Mon, Aug 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Robert Crown Branch Library

Mon, Aug 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Aug 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Tue, Aug 13, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Aug 13, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Main Library - Lobby

Tue, Aug 13, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Main Library - Library Board Room (406),Zoom Main 1 (Virtual)

Tue, Aug 13, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Wed, Aug 14, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Main Library - Falcon Room (303)

Wed, Aug 14, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Main Library - Small Meeting Room (108)

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Library - Small Meeting Room (108)

Thu, Aug 15, All day
Main Library

Thu, Aug 15, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Falcon Room (303)

Thu, Aug 15, 10:30am - 11:30am
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Thu, Aug 15, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Thu, Aug 15, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Thu, Aug 15, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Thu, Aug 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Thu, Aug 15, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Loft (Teen Space)

Fri, Aug 16, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Reading Garden

Sat, Aug 17, 10:00am - 10:45am
Lee Street Beach (Lake Shore Blvd.)

Sat, Aug 17, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library

Sat, Aug 17, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Lobby

Sat, Aug 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Library - Falcon Room (303)

Sat, Aug 17, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Sun, Aug 18, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Mon, Aug 19, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Main Library

Mon, Aug 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Robert Crown Branch Library

Mon, Aug 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Aug 19, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
New venue Main Library - Small Meeting Room (108)

Mon, Aug 19, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown - Multipurpose Room B/C

Tue, Aug 20, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Aug 20, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Tue, Aug 20, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Aug 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Wed, Aug 21, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Wed, Aug 21, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Main Library - Library Board Room (406),Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Wed, Aug 21, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107),Zoom Main 1 (Virtual)

Wed, Aug 21, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Temperance Beer Co.
This event is full

Thu, Aug 22, All day
Main Library

Thu, Aug 22, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library

Thu, Aug 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Thu, Aug 22, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Eiden Park

Thu, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room