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Published on Nov 3, 2016
Solmaz Mohadjer explains why it's vitally important to understand earthquakes, even if you live in an area without them.
Solmaz Mohadjer wore shoes in bed as a child to be ready for a quick escape from earthquakes. Now as a geoscientist, she chases earthquakes and rockfalls with high precision measuring instruments. Together with her team, she works to detect and measure subtle movements and changes in Earth's surface and their implications for earthquake and rockfall hazards. Inspired by school children in mountain communities of central Asia, she started the initiative ParsQuake to bridge the information gap between scientists and the public in regions of high geohazards risk exposure. Her main aim is to make geohazards research results accessible to all and help those having fatalistic attitudes move toward taking positive actions to plan and prepare for future events. She is currently a PhD researcher in the field of natural hazards at the University of Tübingen.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx