Reduction of Earthquake Losses in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Michael P. Foose, firstname.lastname@example.org
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization:
Soren Malling, email@example.com,
|Overview:||The Eastern Mediterranean Region has experienced
many destructive earthquakes that have caused enormous losses in deaths
and injuries, structural damage, and socio-economic disruption. In 1992,
the USGS joined with UNESCO to develop a program dedicated to the Reduction
of Earthquake Losses in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (RELEMR). The purpose
of RELEMR was to assess, evaluate, and help reduce expected earthquake losses
in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
Since 1991, RELEMR has held more than 17 meetings and three training courses that have been attended by scientists from Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, 8 European countries, and the United States. These meetings have two primary objectives. The first is to better understand the seismicity of the eastern Mediterranean through the exchange of data and cooperative studies. The second is this increased understanding and other geological data to estimate the potential ground shaking intensities that seismic events may produce. These two goals can be subdivided into 4 activities. These are:
Some of the most recent accomplishments of RELEMR include the:
|The USGS is committed to using its scientific
skills to provide assistance to developing countries. RELEMR returns this
commitment by giving the US a better understanding of the seismic hazard
to seismically active parts of the US, such as western California.
|Web Sites:|| Middle
East Regional Cooperation
Reducing Earthquake Losses in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Participants include: Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen.