IGCP 601 - Seismotectonics and seismic hazards in Africa

©IGCP-SIDA601-Working Group in Namibia, Sept. 2011

The African continent includes seismically active zones with significant late Pleistocene and Holocene tectonics (last 100 ka) that characterize the continental deformation and its permanent background seismicity. The realistic assessment at a regional scale of geological and geophysical hazards requires the building of a databank. The seismic hazards being among the major threats of the continent, seismotectonic studies and maps are a necessary step for the mitigation of earthquake disasters in Africa. In this project, the preparation of thematic maps in earthquake hazards constitutes an important objective necessary for the social and economic development of Africa.

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