Mexican Geophysical Union meeting 2012: session on paleoseismology, seismic and tsunami hazard

Mexican Geophysical Union Annual Meeting (RAUGM) 2012
28 October – 2 November, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF POPULATED AREAS are located on active plate boundaries where great earthquakes and tsunamis have occurred in recent, historical and prehistorical times. Scientists have been working into explaining the origin and recurrence of these events to improve their ability to assess seismic and tsunami hazards in the near feature.

This session aims to bring together a broad spectrum of scientists, who deal with such diverse questions as paleoseismology, tectonic models, and assessment of seismic and tsunami hazard, and the public’s preparedness for natural disasters. It is an opportunity for all the participants to share new findings and the lessons learned from the recent great earthquakes and tsunamis around the globe, find out how their own activity fits into the broad picture of science, and to aid in the communication between scientists and society.

We encourage the scientific community to submit abstracts on the topics related to:

Paleoseismology and active faults – Field reconnaissance aimed at identifying Quaternary faults (and megathrust faults, i.e. subduction zones) and determining their paleoseismic chronology and slip rates, as well as identifying and dating tsunami deposits and paleoliquefaction features from large earthquakes and tsunamis. Quaternary mapping of marine terraces, fluvial terraces and basins, beach ridges, etc., to establish framework for understanding neotectonic deformation. Use of remote sensing (LIDAR, SATELLITE IMAGES, etc.) to identify possible Quaternary faults.

Tsunami hazard –Tsunami inundation characterization based on historical archives and prehistorical data. Use of prehistoric tsunami deposits to understand hazard. Design of tsunami flooding, hazard and evacuation maps through numerical models. Establishing a Tsunami Warning System and its relation with local, regional, national, and global, seismic and GPS networks.

Societal concerns – Educational efforts to achieve prepared communities. Prepare warning messages, protocols, and evacuation routes for earthquake and tsunami hazards. Design of non-technical hazard assessment maps for political and educational uses. Evaluation of earthquake and tsunami hazard among potentially affected populations. Public and private efforts to decrease earthquake and tsunami hazard.

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(Thanks to Teresa Ramirez!)

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