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July 17, 2006

Geophysicists featured in the History Channel's Mega Disasters series

UCSC geophysicist Steven Ward and visiting researcher Simon Day are featured in "East Coast Tsunami," airing this week on the History Channel as part of the cable channel's Mega Disasters series. "East Coast Tsunami" airs at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18.

Ward and Day have studied the possibility of a catastrophic collapse of the west-facing façade of a volcano located in the Canary Islands. Such an event could generate a tsunami thatwould inundate the U.S. East Coast.

Ward was also featured in two other episodes in this series--"West Coast Tsunami" and "Asteroid Apocalypse"--which will be rebroadcast on July 22 and 23. More information about the Mega Disasters series is available online at www.historychannel.com/megadisasters.

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