Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that his administration will partner with U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucile M. Jones to develop earthquake resilience strategies for Los Angeles.
Dr. Jones will work with Mayor Garcetti’s administration to develop recommendations to address the vulnerabilities of the city’s water delivery infrastructure including firefighting capability, communications infrastructure and private and government owned buildings in Los Angeles.
“As Mayor of Los Angeles, my first job is to protect the lives and property of our residents, and we must develop new strategies to prepare and to minimize losses from earthquakes,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I’m delighted that Dr. Lucy Jones, who is one of the world’s leading seismologists, will be partnering with me and leading our efforts to make Los Angeles safer and ready to respond to the 'Big One.’”
On behalf of the Garcetti administration, Dr. Jones will consult with other technical experts. She will also convene public meetings in Los Angeles over the next few months and additional discussions with businesses, property owners and other stakeholders.
"The USGS is pleased to enter into this partnership with the City of Los Angeles," said USGS Associate Director for Natural Hazards, David Applegate. "The project will bring our science to support the city's efforts to reduce the potentially devastating losses that Southern California faces in future earthquakes. We look forward to a productive collaboration that will help make the citizens of Los Angeles safer and protect the economy of the Nation."
“This partnership with the City of Los Angeles to increase its resilience to earthquakes is the culmination of my research,” said Dr. Jones. “I have been working for many decades to understand more about the earthquake threat and to bring that knowledge to people who can use it to make our communities safer. As a fourth-generation southern Californian, I want Los Angeles to be here for my grandchildren and their grandchildren. The earthquakes are inevitable, but the disasters are not.”
Dr. Jones has been a seismologist with the USGS and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983, and is currently the Science Advisor for Risk Reduction in the USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area, innovating the application of hazards science to increase the Nation's resilience to natural disasters.
She has authored over 100 papers on research seismology with primary interest in earthquake statistics and integrated disaster scenarios, especially in Southern California. Dr. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Literature, Magna Cum Laude, from Brown University in 1976 and a Ph. D. in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.