Iran to host intl. conf. on earthquakes

TEHRAN, May. 04 (MNA) – The International Conference on Structure, Tectonics and Earthquakes in Iran in collaboration with Italy’s Center for Theoretical Physics and England’s University of Cambridge will be held in Tehran.

Morteza Talebian, Scientific Secretary of the Conference on Structure, Tectonics and Earthquakes in the Alborz-Zagros-Makran Region, maintained the program aims at gathering data on this region from the world’s prominent experts and planning for future studies. “A side workshop and a visit to Tehran’s faults will also take place for five days on the sidelines of the event,” he said.

The international event is organized by the Geological Survey of Iran (GSI), the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, and the Earthquakes without Frontiers International Partnership Programme (NERC-ESRC).

The event will be directed by Morteza Talebian (GSI, Iran), James Jackson (University of Cambridge, UK), and Abdelkrim Aoudia (ICTP, Italy). It will be held in Tehran from 22 to 31 May, 2015.

The conference will present the latest developments in the field and train its participants in various topics including continental tectonics, monitoring and observational foundations of earthquake hazards, associated earthquake hazards, and modeling continental deformation and the earthquake cycle.

The program is specifically designed to benefit scientists in countries that are vulnerable to earthquake hazards, but who currently lack the local infrastructure expertise, national capability or critical mass of researchers to be effective.

Scientists and students from all countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA may attend the event.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major faultlines that cover at least 90% of the country. As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are mostly destructive.

The Iranian plateau is subject to most types of tectonic activity, including active folding, faulting and volcanic eruptions. 

 

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