Editor’s note: The following is the text of the SSA Presidential Address presented at the Annual Luncheon of the Seismological Society of America (SSA) Annual Meeting on 30 April 2014.

The Seismological Society of America (SSA) has always been dedicated to understanding and reducing the earthquake threat. The Society was founded in 1906 “for the acquisition and diffusion of knowledge concerning earthquakes and allied phenomena.” According to our new strategic plan, approved by the Board in 2012, the core purpose of SSA is to “advance seismology and the understanding of earthquakes for the benefit of society.” This plan lays out...

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