XXXV International Workshop on Seismicity and Earthquake Engineering in the Extended Mediterranean Region

© UNESCO/ B. Rouhban
Dhamar Province, Yemen, following the 1983 earthquake

28-31 October 2013, Malaga, Spain

This workshop will contribute to the improvement of knowledge focalized in the reduction of earthquake losses; and is an opportunity to contribute to the health and safety of the millions of people on the extended Mediterranean region. Around 70 senior scientists in the extended Mediterranean region will participate in the workshop that will be held from 28 October to 31 October 2013 at the “Reserva del Higuerón” Hotel in Malaga, Spain.

The first part of the meeting will focus on real-time data exchange and will include a day-long session contributed by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.  The latter part of the meeting will include more general presentations on seismology, seismotectonics and earthquake engineering.  Two special sessions will be held during the meeting, one on the MERC Dead Sea Rift Seismological Network Project and the other one on Data Exchange. During the sessions participants will be requested to comment on real-time seismic data exchange and about the status of their networks and their data needs.  The workshop will also feature a presentation of “An Earthquake Early Warning System for the Ibero-Maghrebian Region”.

Hosts and organizers

The workshop on Seismicity and Earthquake Engineering in the Extended Mediterranean Region will be hosted by the Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada in San Fernando – ROA in Fuengirola (Malaga) - Spain, and co-sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Network of European Research Infrastructures for Earthquake Risk Assessment and Mitigation (NERA).

Background

© UNESCO/ J. TORRES
RELEMR Participants analyzing structural evidence of left-lateral strike-slip faulting during the Late Pleistocene

UNESCO and the USGS have been working with the Council of Europe, government agencies, and other organizations on a programme for Reducing Earthquake Losses in the Extended Mediterranean Region (RELEMR) for the past 20 years. Thirty RELEMR meetings have been held since the first meeting in Cairo in 1993 and during the last seven years workshops have been hosted by the Jordan Natural Resources Authority and Royal Scientific Society, the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute and the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, the Cyprus Geological Survey Department, the lnstitute of Earth Sciences 'Jaume Almera' in Spain, and the Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece.

At these meetings, participants discussed regional approaches to improve seismic data (e.g., more accurate locations and improved magnitude estimates), probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA), engineering issues (e.g., reasons for building failures), and the production of a RELEMR seismicity map has also been discussed. Participants produced a ground shaking map of the Dead Sea region and training courses in PSHA, HAZUS, David Boore's Ground Shaking and other software have been given.

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