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Illustration of Richard Allen explaining earthquakes

LS C70Y / Earth and Planetary Science C20

Earthquakes in Your Backyard

Physical Science

• How close do you live to the fault?
• What is the chance of an earthquake this semester?
• What will be the impact on the Californian economy?

The goal of this class is to inform future leaders of our society about the various hazards associated with earthquakes and tsunamis. You will learn to evaluate scientific information, solve problems and influence policy through the use of case studies.

Roland Burgmann's website
Roland Bürgmann (Earth and Planetary Science)
Richard Allen's website
Richard Allen (Earth and Planetary Science)

Terms Offered

  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2024
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2023
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2022
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2021
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2019
  • Fall 2018
  • Fall 2017
  • Fall 2016
  • Fall 2015
  • Fall 2014
  • Fall 2013
  • Fall 2012
  • Fall 2011
  • Fall 2009
“I think out of all the courses I have taken, this has been the most life changing. The information I have learned in this course is not only interesting, but highly valuable and applicable to my own life. Earthquake preparedness is a topic many dong have in depth knowledge about, yet is a crucial necessity when living in California and the Bay Area.”
— Spring 2023 Student