University of California, Riverside


David Oglesby Professor of Earth Sciences

Topics: Physical Forces Leading to an Earthquake

Preferred Media: Print, Radio, Video

Languages Spoken: English

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Tel: (951) 827-2036

Media Contact: Sean Nealon
Tel: (951) 827-1287


David Oglesby received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999.

On Physical Forces Leading to an Earthquake

David Oglesby discusses how earthquakes take place and walks us through a simulation of an earthquake in the Los Angeles – Inland Southern California region
David Oglesby offers advice on how best to prepare for an earthquake and what items you surely would want your earthquake kit to have
Oglesby develops computer models of the forces acting on faults that develop into fault ruptures and fault slippage, and the transmission of seismic waves from slipping faults. His modeling predicts the wave propagation and ground motion caused by different faults. He can answer how and why faults slip, causing earthquakes. His recent projects included developing ground motion forecasts for the Rose Canyon Fault in San Diego and computer models of earthquakes on segments of thrust faults.