Eastern Section SSA 2013

ESSSA 2013 Annual Meeting

The 85th annual meeting of the Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America was held 6-8 October 2013 at the Manoir Richelieu located in La Malbaie, Québec, Canada.

Update, Nov. 21, 2013 – A gallery of photos from the meeting is now available here.

Hosted by
Geological Survey of Canada and Université Laval

6 – 8 October 2013
Charlevoix, Québec

Abstract Deadline: 4 September 2013

Papers dealing with all aspects of the seismology and tectonics of continental interiors,seismic hazards, earthquake engineering, and public information and education about earthquakes are cordially invited. The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended until Wednesday September 4th, 2013 at 12 midnight Pacific Daylight Time.

Important dates:

Student Travel Grant Application Deadline: 15 August 2013
Abstract Submission Deadline: 4 September 2013
Hotel Room Block Reservations Cut-Off: 15 September 2013 *
Online Registration at Lower Rate Cut-Off: 15 September 2013
Online Registration at Higher Rate Cut-Off: 1 October 2013
(on-site registration will be available)

Charlevoix: a natural "rendez-vous" for seismologists

Charlevoix is one of the most scenic areas of eastern Canada, one of the UNESCO’s World Biosphere Reserves and is within a 90 minute drive from Québec City.

For additional information on Charlevoix region, please visit the "Charlevoix Tourism" web site.

The Charlevoix Seismic Zone is one of the most active intraplate regions of the World. The region has experienced five earthquakes of magnitude 6+, and more than 250 earthquakes are recorded here every year. Year 2013 is the 350th anniversary of the M7 1663 earthquake and the 25th anniversary of the M 5.9 Saguenay earthquake.

Oral and poster presentations are welcomed in all areas of seismology, earthquake engineering, crust and mantle structure of eastern North America, emergency response and preparedness, earthquake hazard mitigation, earthquake education, or any topic consistent with the objectives of the Seismological Society of America. Papers relevant to eastern North America and student papers are particularly encouraged. Abstracts must be submitted for all presentations.

Program Cover


Sunday, 6 October

  • Field trip: The Charlevoix Impact Crater Structure and Regional Faults
  • 6–8 PM: Registration, Manoir Richelieu, La Malbaie, Québec
  • 6–9 PM: Reception and Icebreaker

Monday, 7 October

  • Technical Sessions, Manoir Richelieu
  • Evening : Dinner Banquet, Manoir Richelieu

Tuesday, 8 October

  • Technical Sessions, Manoir Richelieu

Download/View: Printable Program [PDF; ~1.8 MB] (includes full schedule & abstracts; 2nd Revised version posted 9/26).

Meeting Contacts

Maurice Lamontagne
P: (613) 947-1318
E: maurice.lamontagne [at] nrcan-rncan.gc.ca
Jacques Locat
P: (613) 656-2179
E: jacques.locat [at] ggl.ulaval.ca

Abstract Submissions

Abstracts will be accepted through September 4th 2013.
Abstract Submission

Info for Presenters

Oral presentations will be held in the Manoir Richelieu Hotel. For the exact time and room of any presentation, please check the meeting program.

All Sessions:
Oral Presentations will be 15 min: 12 min talk, and 3 min questions.

Poster Session:
Please make effort to restrict the poster dimension to 3ft x 4ft.
You may post your poster after 05:00 p.m. Sunday 6 October

You will have access to a laptop with LCD projector, wireless remote, and a laser pointer.

Please bring your presentation to the meeting on a flash drive or CD to load on the in-room laptop. There will be the following Audio/Visual Equipment:

Microsoft Windows PC laptop with PowerPoint and Acrobat Reader.

Sponsors and Exhibitors


Student Travel Grants

Deadline for application: 15 August 2013

Travel awards for students submitting abstracts will be available on a competitive basis. To apply, send an e-mail to maurice.lamontagne_AT_nrcan.gc.ca with "ES-SSA student Travel Grant Application" in the subject line, listing the following the information: your first and last name, title of your paper, your estimated travel expenses, and any other sources of funding available for your travel to the meeting.

Student Awards

Awards will be given for the best oral and poster presentations by students.


The online registration form is here.

Online registration at the normal rate will be available through 15 September 2013.
Online registration will be available at a higher rate from 15 September to October 1st, 2013.

On-site registration will be available 7-8 October 2013.


Registration Type Through
Sept 15
Sept 15
Regular - 2 Day $225 $260
Regular - Oct 7 $135 $160
Regular - Oct 8 $135 $160
Student - 2 Day $130 $155
Student - Oct 7 $80 $100
Student - Oct 8 $80 $100

The registration fee includes the meeting program, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and the Icebreaker reception on Sunday 6 October. If you are registering at the student rate, you will be required to present your student ID at the registration desk at the meeting.



A dinner Banquet will be held on Monday evening, 7 October. Until September 15th banquet tickets are $65 for students and student guests and $80 for non-students and non-student guests (valid Student ID will be required to make use of Student Banquet Tickets). After September 15th these prices increase to $100 for non-students and $80 for students.

Field Trip

A field trip is planned for Sunday, 6 October 2013, leaving The Manoir Richelieu early morning and returning late afternoon. Lunch will be provided. Field trip tickets are $50.

The field trip will examine geological features of the Charlevoix astrobleme and of the St. Lawrence Rift System. In addition, some geological impacts of past earthquakes of the region, such as landslides, will be observed.

The Devonian age (ca. 342 ±15 Ma) Charlevoix impact structure is among the largest and the most accessible meteor impact structure of eastern North America. The peripheral ring trough, 54 km in diameter, forms a prominent open valley locally reaching an altitude of 250 m, that is nearly 850 meters below the mean elevation of the external Laurentian plateau at approximately 1100 m, and 550 m below the central uplift, the ‘Mont des Éboulements’ standing at 780 m above sea level.

The fieldtrip will provide an opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view of the peripheral trough and ring structure from the central uplift, and to visit key outcrops for shock related features including shatter cones, impact breccias and related fault zones.

Hotel Reservation

Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu

Toll Free: Global Reservations Centre at 1-800-441-1414.

Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
181, rue Richelieu
La Malbaie
Québec, Canada
G5A 1X7
P: Toll Free Global Reservations Centre at 1-800-441-1414
E: manoirrichelieu@fairmont.com
W: Fairmont.com/richelieu-charlevoix/
Hotel Reservation

The Manoir Richelieu is where the meeting technical sessions will be held. A block of rooms has been reserved for the 2013 ES-SSA meeting starting at a basic rate of CDN$169/night (tax and service not included). Each extra person sharing a room will be charged an additional $30.00 CDN per night. For reservations, please contact the hotel at 418-665-3703 or the Global Reservations Centre at 1-800-441-1414.

ROOM RATES: (single and double occupancy)

Fairmont $169.00
Richelieu (contemporary) $189.00
Fairmont view (river view) $209.00
Richelieu view (contemporary and river view) $229.00
Deluxe $219.00
Richelieu deluxe (contemporary) $239.00
Deluxe view (river view) $239.00
Richelieu deluxe view (contemporary and river view) $259.00
Suite starting at $389.00

Each extra person sharing a room will be charged an additional $30.00 CDN per night. There will be no charge for children up to and including the age of 18 years who share with their parents. Maximum occupancy is 4 persons per room. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 noon. The room rates above are quoted in Canadian funds and are net, non-commissionable. They reflect the European Plan (EP) that includes accommodation only.

Important: Callers should identify themselves as being with the ES-SSA group for ease of booking, the Group code is: ESSSA13.

Lodging reservations from the block of rooms being held for the ES-SSA meeting will only be available until 15 September 2013. Reservations received after that date will be provided on a space-available basis at prevailing rates.

Travel Information

La Malbaie, Québec, represents approximately a slightly less than two hour drive from the Québec City Airport, via Highway 40 East and Highway 138 East. An optional scenic drive is possible between Baie-St-Paul to La Malbaie on Highway 362 East. The Québec City airport has daily flights from Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and in the US from Chicago (O'Hare), Detroit, New York City (JFK and Newark), Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. (Dulles). Air Canada, Porter, WestJet, Delta, United, and US Airways offer service at the airport. If you land in Montreal, please note that this will require a 3 hour drive to Québec City plus an additional two hour drive to La Malbaie.

Important Information for Visitors to Canada:

Proper identification is required to international visitors to Canada. Please refer to the Canadian Border Services Agency. The US embassy in Ottawa also recommends that "All persons, whether U.S. Citizens or foreign nationals, must present a valid passport or alternate approved travel document to enter or depart from the United States by air."

Additional tourist travel information is available at:

Page Updated: 5 September 2013