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Earthquakes: Crushing Cataclysms of Disaster ~ Why? Where? HERE??

Approximately 250 million years ago the supercontinent Pangaea was formed by the closing of the Atlantic Ocean. Evidence of the impact on North America being hit by Africa during the formation of Pangaea can be identified in several places in Orange County according to geologist Lawrence O’Brien who sights a drag fold along a thrust fault that is recognizable along Interstate 84 between Middletown and Port Jervis.

O’Brien is a professor emeritus having recently retired last May after teaching for 43 years at SUNY Orange. He is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and experience about plate tectonics and recognizing faults in his upcoming lecture, "Earthquakes: Crushing Cataclysms of Disaster ~ Why? Where? HERE??"

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Orange Hall Gallery on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Even if you have little understanding of earthquakes and motions of the Earth’s crust, or geology in general, through his engaging manner, O’Brien will instill in attendees a working knowledge as well as curiosity of the topic.

O’Brien holds a BS from the University of Dayton and an MS from the University of Michigan.

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs