10.02.2012 - Natural Sciences Sector

XXXII – International Workshop on Seismicity and Earthquake Engineering in the Extended Mediterranean

© UNESCO/Jair TORRES (2011)

Around 70 senior scientists from approximately 20 countries in the extended Mediterranean region are invited to participate in the workshop that will be held from 13 to 16 February 2012 at The Victoria Hotel, Sliema, Malta.

The workshop on Seismicity and Earthquake Engineering in the Extended Mediterranean Region will be hosted by the University of Malta, and sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

UNESCO and the USGS have been working with the Council of Europe, government agencies, and other organizations on a program for Reducing Earthquake Losses in the Extended Mediterranean Region (RELEMR). Thirty-one 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 Technical University 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.

The last workshop featured special “hands on” session on Tsunamis. Sessions for General Presentations in seismology, geology and earthquake engineering are also part on the agenda.

The new workshop will feature special sessions on paleoseismicity in the Extended Mediterranean Region and site effects. Participants will be also requested to comment on a methodology for assessing school safety in the region.

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.

Related Links:

UNESCO-RELEMR Programmehttp://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/special-themes/disaster-preparedness-and-mitigation/natural-hazards/earthquakes/relemr/

University of Malta, Department of Physics

USGS http://www.usgs.gov/

Publication on the International Workshop on Seismicity and Earthquake Engineering in the Extended Mediterranean Region; 32; Sliema, Malta; 2012 


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