On February 27, 2010, there was an 8.8 magnitude earthquake offshore of Chile. A call went out in the weeks after, looking for suggestions for science objectives and volunteers for a deployment of seismometers. I put my name in and a few days ago found out that I have been selected to go. Chile-bound!
I have been involved with this type of field work in Cameroon and Tanzania, Africa as well as in Antarctica. But this will be the first time I have been in an area experiencing on-going seismic activity. So, I am a bit nervous! Right now I can focus on packing together my gear and getting life in order here in Greensboro. I will use the blog to start sharing the process of a trip like this and hopefully answer science questions along the way!