PEEC Summer Family Evenings Explores Earthquakes in our Backyard

Members of the Los Alamos Seismic Hazards Team examine a fault for evidence of earthquakes in Chupaderos Canyon north of Los Alamos in 2001. Courtesy/PEEC

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Could there be earthquakes in Los Alamos? There have been earthquakes in the past, and could be more in the future.

PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings presents “Earthquakes in our Backyard” 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10. Learn about how, where, and when earthquakes occur around Los Alamos, through a combination of discussion, cool images, and hands-on activities. Drop in anytime throughout the program.

Presenter Emily Schultz-Fellenz is a geoscientist who has lived and worked in the Los Alamos area for 11 years. Originally a political science student from the very not-earthquake-prone American Midwest, she got into geology for free pizza and the prospect of getting paid to go camping, she said.

Schultz-Fellenz moved to the southern Rocky Mountains in 2002 to perform geologic mapping and explore the history of the most recent earthquakes on a small fault system in northern New Mexico. She has performed field geologic investigations across the Midwest, Southwest, Upper Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, southern California, and South America. She lives in Los Alamos with her husband, son, and two cats, and enjoys hiking and traveling.

PEEC Summer Family Evenings are held every Tuesday evening throughout June and July. They are always free to attend for PEEC members. The cost varies per program for non-member families. On June 10, the cost for non-PEEC members is $5 per family, regardless of how many are in a family.

There is no advance registration required for this program. For more information about this and other events at PEEC, visit, email, or call 505.662.0460.

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