3rd INQUA-IGCP 567 International Workshop on Active Tectonics, Paleoseismology and Archeoseismology, Morelia (Mexico), 18 – 24 November 2012

The 3rd INQUA-IGCP 567 International Workshop on Active Tectonics, Paleoseismology and Archeoseismology will be held in Morelia (Mexico) from 18 – 24 November 2012. The workshop is the continuation of the BaeloClaudia2009 and Corinth2011 events. We invite all scientists in the fields of earthquake geology, paleoseismology, archeoseismology, tsunami studies, earthquake engineering, seismic hazard assessment to participate in the workshop. We will try to provide travel grants from INQUA and IGCP for young scientists. See Acambay1912.org for detailled information, registration and abstract submission.

In the early morning of 19 November 1912, at the dawn of the Mexican Revolution, a damaging earthquake hit the small village of Acambay, in Central Mexico. The earthquake had a magnitude of M6.7 and intensities of IX in the Cancani scale were observed. Damage was considerable in the Acambay region: several villages collapsed, bridges were destroyed, and massive landslides took place. As a result of the widespread damage and of the resulting social unrest, the Seismological Service of the Geological Institute of Mexico sent two outstanding scientists: Fernando Urbina and Heriberto Camacho, with the aim of assessing the damage and to conduct a study of the geological and geophysical effects of this destructive earthquake. The result of their expedition is one of the earliest and more comprehensive early works focused on paleoseismology and tectonic geomorphology that exist today. More impressively, their report was finished and delivered one year after the earthquake. To this day, the report of Urbina and Camacho (1913) remains as a pioneering study on Paleseismology. The E-W oriented Acambay Graben is located 100 km northwest of Mexico City. It has an approximate length of 40 km and is 15 km wide. Paleoseismic studies conducted by Suter et al. (1999) and Landgride et al. (2000), on the main causative fault, suggest recurrence intervals of between 3,000 and 5,000 yrs, for earthquakes M>7.

The 100 anniversary of this important earthquake offers an excellent opportunity to commemorate this sad but scientifically important event. It represents a great opportunity for the geoscientific community to hold an international meeting focused on Paleseismology and archeoseismology. Furthermore, the focus of this meeting is to share paleoseismologial and archeoseismological knowledge in a unique historical and cultural framework, together with experts from all over the world but especially in America Latina and North America.

With this aim, we encourage scientists and students to participate, sending their works on this topic, as well as initiatives, comments and suggestions to the Organizing Committee. For further information please visit the institutional web page: www.acambay1912.org

The Organizing Committee thanks you in advance for your collaboration.

Morelia, Michoacán, México. Scientific sessions will be held at the University Cultural Centre of the Universidad Michoacana in the city of Morelia. The Cultural Center is located in the historic city centre of Morelia (Avda. Madero, 30), close to the main hotels of the city. The city was declared in 1991 a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center.


  • SF1: Fault Geomorphology and Dating
  • SF2: Paleoseismology and Earthquake Environmental Effects
  • SF3: Archaeoseismology and Earthquake Archaeological Effects
  • SF4: Geological Record of Earthquakes
  • SF5: Seismic Hazard: Applications, Engineering and Critical facilities
  • SF6: Geological and Archaeological Records of Tsunamis and Tsunami Hazard
  • SF7: Earthquakes, society and culture


  • Abstracts submission: July 31 2012
  • Reduced price registration: 1 July 2012


  • 18th November (Sunday): Arrival, Accommodation
  • 19th November (Monday): Centenary commemoration of the Acambay Earthquake
  • 20th November (Tuesday): Welcome, registration, opening ceremony, oral communications, invited conferences, poster session
  • 21th November (Wednesday): Oral communications, invited conferences, poster session, Excursion: Archaeoseismology in Morelia city
  • 22th November (Thursday): Oral communications, invited conferences, poster session, Excursion: Active faults in the Patzcuaro Lake
  • 23th November (Friday): Departure


  • Secretary: Contadora UMICH. Mireya Martínez (MEX)
  • Edition Coordination: Raúl Pérez-López (IGME, Spain), r.perez@igme.es

Raúl Pérez López (IGME, SPAIN), Gerardo Suárez (UNAM, MEX), Ramón Zúñiga (UNAM, MEX), María Teresa Ramírez (UNAM, MEX), Arturo Oliveros (INAH, MEX), Jorge Luis Giner Robles (UAM, SPAIN), Gerardo Sánchez Díaz (UMSNH, MEX), José Luis Macías (UNAM, MEX), María del Sol Hernández (UNAM, MEX), Ioannis Papanikolaou (AUA, GRE), Christoph Grützner (RWTH Aachen, GER).


  • Victor Hugo Garduño Monroy (Michoacan University, Mexico), vhgardunom@gmail.com
  • Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Pascua (Geological Survey of Spain, Spain),ma.rodriguez@igme.es
  • Pablo G. Silva (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain), pgsilva@usal.es
  • Klaus Reicherter (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), k.reicherter@nug.rwth-aachen.de

Paper submission:

Those participants interested in presenting a contribution should send an extended abstract with a maximum length of four pages using the template to here download.

Oral presentation and posters will be accepted. The author must indicate a preference in the type of presentation: oral or poster. The Organizing Committee will inform the first author of the type of presentation has been assigned, send to r.perez@igme.es

Registration & costs:

Students: Before 01/07/2012 – $60, after 01/072012 – $90

Researchers: Before 01/07/2012 – $60, after 01/072012 – $90

Patzcuaro Field-Trip: $60

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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