Seismology and regional cooperation workshop in South and Central Asia

26 October 2014

More than 80 scientists and experts in earthquake risk reduction get together 27-30 October 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to discuss the regional cooperation in seismology and earthquake engineering in South and Central Asia.

The International workshop for regional cooperation in seismology and earthquake engineering in South and Central Asia, organized jointly by UNESCO, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring regional experts from countries of South and Central Asia to discuss and share information on seismology and earthquake engineering. Specialists from approximately 15 countries will participate in this workshop.

In order to understand both the geological framework that controls seismic hazard and risks from future large earthquakes, it is necessary to develop a synoptic regional understanding based on integration of all available data.

Sergey Lazarev, Director of UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office

The South and Central Asia regions face high levels of natural hazards, especially from earthquakes. Most of South Asia is very active seismically. Damaging earthquakes have struck throughout the region in recent as well as historical times, including so-called intraplate earthquakes that strike well away from the active plate boundaries. The Central Asia region includes the Hindu Kush zone, where a large number of deep earthquakes occur, and the earthquake activity has been recognized as one of the highest in the world.


Consequences of mudflow in Sredny Talgar 19.07.2014 ©UNESCO Almaty

In order to understand both the tectonic framework that controls seismic hazard and the potential shaking from future large earthquakes, it is necessary to develop a synoptic regional understanding based on integration of all available data. This provides a critical impetus for knowledge and data sharing, as well as regional collaboration. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and UNESCO have addressed such needs in the past by facilitating networking among Asian countries bringing seismologists, earthquake engineers, and geologists from government, academic and other relevant organizations, together in workshops. Over the years, scientific and technical communications have developed among this community of practitioners. For the first time such meeting is held in Central Asia region, to which South Caucasus experts are also invited.

This workshop will contribute greatly to the overall development of understanding the science of seismology, cause and effects of earthquakes and will emphasize the scientific cooperation in the study of earthquakes in order to contribute to safety of people in the region.

Permanent link: http://en.unesco.kz/seismology-and-regional-cooperation-workshop-in-south-and-central-asia