Earthquake Early Warning session on LACS & SSA meeting, Miami, 14-17 May 2018


Ref.: Joint meeting of LACSC and SSA, “Seismology of the Americas.” In Miami, 14-17 May 2018 - Important — Abstracts submission deadline is 24 January 2018

Dear colleagues,

As SeisComP3 is used successfully in several Earthquake Early Warning projects (e.g. in Nicaragua and Central America) we would like to invite especially the community gathering in this mailing list to present your related presentations or posters in our session ( ) on “ Challenges and Chances for the Widespread Implementation of Earthquake Early Warning (EEW)”, see our proposal, below.

Hope to see you in Miami!

Session Conveners

Wilfried Strauch, Instituto Nicaraguense de Estudios Territoriales,
Victor Huerfano, Puerto Rico Seismic Network

Challenges and Chances for the Widespread Implementation of Earthquake Early Warning (EEW)

The recent strong earthquakes in Southern Mexico with magnitudes of 8.0 and 7.3 have demonstrated the usefulness of Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) to a massive audience in Latin America and the world. In the social media people showed their surprise about the existence and functionality of the Mexican EEW system and discussed whether such a system could be established in their country. We invite contributions about the possible application of EEW in Latin America and other less developed regions taking into account the specifics of the prevailing building types (e.g. adobe) and construction practices. We invite contributions proposing how EEW can be implemented in less developed nations and whether EEW could be a relatively cheap and fast way for poor countries with high seismic risk to give some protection to their populations against the massive loss of life in great earthquakes and how it can be combined, in the long term, with measures to improve the building stock. We particularly solicit studies dealing with how EEW can be effectively established and operated, including: densification of seismic networks with new low-cost EEW-compatible seismic equipment; the development of new efficient EEW methods that are robust in the face of challenging seismicity and network operation; transfer of EEW methods into operational software compatible with general seismic monitoring; the establishment of new automatic seismic processing centers in many countries; and studies dealing with technical and social aspects for delivering alerts to the general population.

Dr. Wilfried Strauch
Asesor en Ciencias de la Tierra / Advisor in Geosciences
Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (INETER)
11097 Managua, Nicaragua,Frente al Hospital Solidaridad
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