Georgia Tech Savannah Associate Professor Hermann Fritz Featured in Megaquakes History Channel Special

SAVANNAH (11-Jan-11) - The History Channel will present Megaquake 10.0 on Wednesday, January 12, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The two-hour, non-fiction special explores one of the most deadly and perplexing mysteries that surrounds planet earth: huge megaquakes.

Scientists offer insight into how and where a 10.0 megaquake could strike. This two-hour History special explores one of the most deadly and perplexing mysteries that surrounds planet earth: huge megaquakes. The largest quake ever recorded was a 9.5 earthquake off of Chile in 1960, but new research shows how even larger quakes close to 10.0 just might be possible. Through interviews with top earthquake experts and cutting edge scientific experiments, the special reveals that over 3 billion people on earth are in immediate danger from the next big one and how a real 10.0 might actually happen on US soil--in places you might not expect.

Several Network of Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) laboratories were contacted and interviewed during the production phase including Oregon State University; University of California, San Diego; University of California, Davis; and the University of Buffalo, SUNY.

"This documentary will include some of our experiments during fall 2010 at Oregon State University (OSU) with the Tsunami by Landslide project," said Dr. Hermann M. Fritz, Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech Savannah. "It exposes unknown potentials and how future earthquakes may impact the planet."

For program details, visit Megaquake 10.0

To view Dr. Fritz' Curriculum Vitae: http://www.gtsav.gatech.edu/go/faculty/hermann-fritz-ph-d.

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