Baylor Professor to Be Part of Earthquake Response Team

Aug. 18, 1999

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University political science professor Bill Mitchell will travel to Turkey on Thursday, Aug. 19, as part of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's investigative team. As one of seven scientists selected for the team, Mitchell will study the impact of Tuesday's massive earthquake in Izmit, Turkey, that claimed more than 3,500 lives. The team plans to be in Turkey approximately 10 days.

Mitchell, a retired Air Force colonel who lived in Turkey for 10 years, has conducted extensive research on natural hazards, such as studies in 1978, 1980, 1984, 1992 and 1995 on the quick response to earthquakes for the National Hazards Research and Applications Institute.

He is the author of "Response to a Damaging Earthquake in an Environment of Political Turmoil," which appeared in Political Science Journal; "Response to an Environment of Political Turmoil" in the Quick Response Research Report, and "Socioeconomic Impact of the Erzincan Disaster," which appeared in Earthquake Spectra. He also has written numerous articles for such publications as the Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Journal of Geography, Mass Emergencies and Geographical Review.

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