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Dr. Thomas H. Jordan

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Phone: (213) ***-****  HQ Phone
Southern California Earthquake Center
3651 Trousdale Parkway # 169
Los Angeles, California 90089
United States

Company Description: The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), headquartered at the University of Southern California, was founded in 1991 with a mission to: gather data on...   more

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  • Ph.D.
  • degrees
    California Institute of Technology
  • MIT
  • B.S.
  • M.S.
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President's Medal Lecture, 1 to 2 ..., 22 Sept 2014 [cached]
President's Medal Lecture, 1 to 2 p.m.: Thomas H. Jordan, Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, will discuss "Predictions Problems of Earthquake Systems Science. Learn more at
CEA Joins Historic Seismic Research Effort, 1 May 2014 [cached]
"This is an exciting opportunity for scientists to come up with a better model for forecasting earthquakes in California," said Tom Jordan, W. M. Keck Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California and Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC).
"This would be the earthquake from ..., 16 Jan 2014 [cached]
"This would be the earthquake from hell, because it's right beneath Los Angeles," said Tom Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California.
SCEC People, 21 Sept 2013 [cached]
Tom Jordan, Chair
Tom Jordan Center Director
"We've all been taken aback by ..., 23 Jan 2013 [cached]
"We've all been taken aback by what happened in L'Aquila," says Thomas Jordan, a seismologist at the University of Southern California and chairman of an international commission on earthquake forecasting that was set up after the disaster.
Jordan says that the convicted researchers got distracted from their main job, which should have been advising the public about measures they could take to protect themselves from ground shaking. Commission members "got snookered into answering a kind of simple yes-or-no question: 'Will we be hit by a large earthquake?' " Jordan says.
Jordan and his colleagues proposed some ways to improve operational earthquake forecasting, such as providing the public with openly available information about short-term seismic risks. That could be as simple as a regularly updated website, which people could get familiar with well before a big earthquake strikes. "You don't want to just strike up a new conversation with the public in times of seismic crisis," Jordan says.
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