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Thursday, May 1, 2014

South Bend Students Provide Earthquake and Tsunami Education to Community

South Bend, Washington – Alyssa Caudill’s South Bend Junior High School Leadership class will be presenting an Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness Seminar open to the public at Koplitz Fieldhouse in South Bend May 13th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. This seminar is the culmination of a year-long learning experience that included Caudill’s 7th and 8th grade science classes as well as her junior high leadership class.

Over the summer Caudill and Wildlife Biologist Key McMurry attended the first in the series of classes put on by the Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program, a program designed for coastal educators and emergency management personnel. Caudill and McMurry have spent the entire school year educating the students about the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the earthquake and tsunami issues associated with it.

Through the efforts of Caudill and McMurry, the South Bend students have had the opportunity to learn about earthquakes and tsunamis from nationally recognized experts Dr. Brian Atwater, Dr. Jim Phipps, and Dr. Robert De Groot. Now to showcase what they have learned, the leadership class is partnering with the Washington State Emergency Management Division and the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency to provide the community at large a student led educational opportunity about being prepared to survive an earthquake or tsunami event.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Alyssa Caudill at acaudill@southbendschools.org.

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