Did the earth move for you?

The seismologists from the Seismic Monitoring & Research Unit (SMRU) of the University of Malta will be setting up a special stand dedicated to earthquakes at Science in the City on Friday 27th September.  From 6.00 pm onwards, they will welcome visitors at Valletta City Gate and will demonstrate why the earth shakes as well as answer questions from the public.

“Animations that simulate the propagation of an earthquake through the ground, and what it sounds like will definitely captivate people of all ages,” said Matthew Agius, a researcher at the Physics Department, University of Malta and member of SMRU.

“Malta has its very own earthquakes. They occur off-shore beneath the sea. Whilst many of the earthquakes are not felt by humans, seismologists use very sensitive instruments such as seismometers, to detect and locate them using sophisticated software in near real time,” added Dr Agius.

04 - Malta_Seismicity_2007-2012Visitors will be shown an animated seismicity map of the Mediterranean highlighting the numerous earthquakes that occur in the region making it one of the most seismically active places in the world.  Those who have experienced an earthquake are invited to come forward and join in a discussion.

As part of the EU-wide event “Researchers’ Night” held annually on the fourth Friday of September, “Science in the City” is intended to encourage public recognition and appreciation of researchers and their work through a variety of fun-learning science activities for young people and the entire family.

The Science in the City website www.scienceinthecity.org.mt will be updated with a full programme or follow the festival on Facebook for regular updates: www.facebook.com/ScienceInTheCityMalta

Monique Chambers
Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)