Tuesday, May 14th. . .

Earthquakes in Ohio

Presented by Geologist Mike Hansen
Michael C. Hansen will talk about Earthquakes in Ohio when he addresses the Big Walnut Area Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14th in the Myers Inn Meeting room. The meeting is open to the public.

Earthquakes can be scary events.  One does not often think of Ohio as being a center for earthquakes but it has had its share over the years.  In 1873 an earthquake in the Lewis Center area was rated as 3.8.  In the mid 1980's quakes shook the Town Hall on Sunbury Square enough to cause the books to fly off the shelves on the third floor. 

Hansen has been a geologist with the Ohio Geological Survey of the Department of Natural Resources since 1972. He has bachelorís and masterís degree in geology from Ohio University and a Ph.D in geology from Ohio State University.

Through the years, Hansen has been involved with a variety of geologic activities with the geological survey, ranging from mastodon excavations, landslides, geologic mapping, radon, and particularly earthquakes.

Mike founded and is coordinator of the Ohio Seismic Network, which began in 1999 and now consists of 29 volunteer-operated seismic stations across the state. The network is headquartered at Alum Creek State Park on South Old State Road.

Mike serves as Adjunct Professor and Senior Lecturer in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University.

He has been a resident of Sunbury since 1996 when he and his late wife purchased and began restoration of a Victorian-era home on North Columbus Street.  

Myers Inn faces the southwest corner of the Sunbury Village Square.

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