July 2, 1992
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Seismologist Lucy Jones, the ‘earthquake lady,’ is moving on

In her 33 years with the U.S. Geological Survey, earthquake scientist Lucy Jones has become a universal mother for rattled Southern Californians. (KNBC)
Dr. Lucy Jones developed a computer program called STEP (Short Term Earthquake Probabilities) to follow aftershocks after a major earthquake. Here sheis photographed at the Caltech seismology lab. (Hyungwon Kang )
Dr. Lucy Jones is one of the best-known earthquake experts in the country. In her USGS office in Pasadena, she uses a Mac laptop for scientific and managerial tasks and the PC in the background for scientific research. (Los Angeles Times)
Lucy Jones, shown at Caltech, is worried about an earthquake hitting the San Andreas fault. After her last day at the USGS on March 30, she can start raising money to create a center that bridges science and public policy. (Beatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times)
LucyJones joins then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Paul Schulz of the American Red Cross and Richard Katz of the Metropolitan Transit Authoriity for a ‘drop, cover and hold on’ drill at Union Station in2012. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Dr. Lucy Jonesdiscusses California’s earthquake early-warning system in April. Sheis recognized across Southern California for her ability to explain earthquakes to the general public. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Seismologist Lucy Jones explains an earthquake early warning system at Caltech. (Tim Berger / Los Angeles Times)
Lucy Jones, a USGS seismologist, speaksduring a news conference at Caltech after apre-dawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles Basinin 2014. (Nick Ut / Associated Press)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, CouncilmenTom LaBonge and Mitchell Englander and U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones at a 2014 news conference announce an aggressive new plan to tackle earthquake safety, including how to better protect vulnerable buildings. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Eagle Rock High School students listen as seismologist Lucy Jones, center, speaks about a collaboration in 2015 between the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the United States Geological Survey for a pilot program that will install early warning earthquake software in all science classrooms at the school. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Lucy Jones and her husband, Egill Hauksson, who now heads the seismic network at Caltech, live-tweeted at the Hollywood premiere of ‘San Andreas’ with the film’s star, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. (@DrLucyJones/Twitter / )
Egill Hauksson,Lucy Jones’ husband, met her at a1980 conference on earthquake prediction. She gave a talk about her research in China while a fellow graduate student ran the audiovisual equipment behind the scenes. It was Egill. (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Lucy Jones, former U.S. Geological Survey seismologist. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Lucy Jones standsnext to a projected image of seismic waves inside the media room at Caltech. Much of what Jones does today centers on this: What good is scientific knowledge if people don’t use it? (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Lucy Jones is photographed outside Caltech. Authoritative yet nurturing, the ‘earthquake lady’ has a knack for making a complicated point so simple it seems obvious. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)