Thread: AGU’19 Session: Future Himalayan Earthquakes and their Impacts

Started: 2019-07-10 21:41:42
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Topics: AGU Meetings
2019-07-10 21:41:42
We wish to announce an AGU 2019 Fall Meeting session that we think may interest you:
The Likelihood, Nature, and Consequences of Future Great Himalayan Earthquakes
Our intent is to bring clarity and attention to the severe earthquake risks faced by people in the Himalaya. In particular, westernmost Nepal, Bhutan, and adjacent India are key areas as they have not experienced a major earthquake in centuries, and will experience great difficulties in the next event. Our goal is to share information on and discuss the entire Himalayan system, to best inform the next steps needed to reduce risks to people and economies. Please join us!
The session will be held at the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco: 9-13 December 2019 We personally welcome you to submit an abstract and/or attend the session. Abstracts are due 31 July
Please forward this to others who may be interested in the topic.
We hope to see you in San Francisco,
Heidi Stenner, GeoHazards International
György Hetényi, University of Lausanne
Victoria Stevens, University of Cape Town
Kishor Jaiswal, U.S. Geological Survey

NH040: The Likelihood, Nature, and Consequences of Future Great Himalayan Earthquakes
The Main Himalayan Thrust fault system and its splays, particularly the sections underlying western Nepal, Bhutan, and adjacent India, is expected to produce great earthquakes, whose consequences could be greater than any recent or historic earthquakes, particularly given the region's rapid population growth. This session welcomes paleoseismic, geodetic, and other research bearing on the recurrence intervals and nature of large earthquakes along this margin. We invite analyses that characterize shaking and the natural, human, and economic consequences anticipated from such events. We encourage discussion of challenges in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from earthquakes strongly affecting two or more nations simultaneously. Our intent is to characterize the extent of our scientific knowledge, understand sources of uncertainty, and motivate preparation by relevant local, national, and international authorities and agencies by presenting the scientific consensus concerning the likelihood of human tragedy in the region.
Session ID: 78854
Section: Natural Hazards

Prof. György Hetényi
University of Lausanne - Institute of Earth Sciences
Géopolis-3232, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
T: +41 21 692 4321 F: +41 21 692 4305

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