Professor to discuss earthquakes on Google Plus Wednesday

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Google Plus page will host a Hangout at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday (April 11) with Kevin Furlong, Penn State professor of geosciences, to discuss and answer questions about earthquakes in light of the massive temblors off the coast of Sumatra Wednesday.

Penn State's Google Plus page is at http://plus.google.com/103312667856357934827/posts. Hangouts are easy-to-use group video chats that allow up to 10 participants at a time. If capacity is reached, users can enter the Hangout as others leave.

Furlong is an internationally sought-after expert who has studied the causes and consequences of earthquakes around the world. Among his research interests are plate tectonics and lithospheric geodynamics -- processes that drive many natural hazards. He is also director of Penn State's Natural Hazards Center.

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Last Updated April 11, 2012