2023 Annual Meeting Field Trip Information

Annual Meeting attendees may choose from three field trip options on Friday, 21 April.

  • 2020 Southwestern Puerto Rico Seismic Sequence (waitlist at capacity)
  • Old San Juan Walking Tour (waitlist active)
  • TsunamiReady Program (open)

Please read below to learn more and click the button to register for a field trip.

Online registration is now closed. If you have any questions, please inquire at the registration desk.


Field Trip Options:

2020 Southwestern Puerto Rico Seismic Sequence

Friday, 21 April (7AM to 10PM* estimated return time)

  • Register – $240/person

Hardy participants will travel to the southwestern portion of the island to learn about the 2020 Puerto Rico Seismic Sequence. Along the way, the group will make stops to learn about the island’s geology, see the local impact of the sequence at the Punta Montalva Fault and visit the Puerto Rico Seismic Network. Read the full itinerary here.

The registration fee includes transportation and dinner. The group will stop at a popular outdoor food market where attendees may buy lunch. Participants must be prepared for heat and walking through thorny brush on unsteady ground.

Field Trip Leaders:

  • Elizabeth Vanacore, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez
  • Stephen Hughes, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez

Old San Juan Walking Tour

Friday, 21 April (8 AM to Noon)

  • Register – $60/person

Explore the walled city of Old San Juan and discover hidden gems that go unnoticed to the casual visitor. Led by a local architect and a local earthquake engineer, attendees will learn the historical significance, construction methods and earthquake technologies found in the Spanish colonial buildings and defensive structures. The group will walk the blue cobblestoned streets, venture into local crypts and climb rooftops to explore hidden towers. Learn more here.

The fee includes breakfast and a donation to the local charity conducting the tour.  Please note: this is a walking tour. Attendees should be comfortable walking for the duration of the event. All attendees must dress for the heat, bring water and wear tennis shoes.

Field Trip Leaders:

  • José Izquierdo-Encarnación, Porticus Ingenieria
  • Andy Rivera, Puerto Rico Historic Buildings Drawings Society

TsunamiReady Program

Friday, 21 April (8 AM to Noon)

  • Register – $60/person

Get an inside perspective on Puerto Rico’s TsunamiReady® Program and the work being done to prepare communities to respond to the next tsunami. The first stop on this field trip around the San Juan area will be at Isla de Cabras park in Toa Baja to learn about the tsunami sirens and signage. Then, the group will travel to the mayor’s office in Cataño to visit an evacuation site with the emergency management team. Departing Cataño, attendees will ride the ferry across the bay of San Juan, arriving in Old San Juan, where the group will walk along an evacuation route from the Paseo de la Princesa to Plaza Colón. Learn more here.

Fee includes transportation via bus and ferry. Be prepared for heat by wearing comfortable shoes, clothing and sunscreen. Bring your own water to stay hydrated. Lunch is not provided.

Field Trip Leaders:

  • Christa G. von Hillebrandt-Andrade, International Tsunami Information Center
  • Roy Ruiz Velez, Puerto Rico Seismic Network
  • Wildaomaris González Ruiz, Puerto Rico Emergency Management Bureau (PREMB)

Online registration is now closed. If you have any questions, please inquire at the registration desk.