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2019-04-25

First European Exposure Model released

First European Exposure Model released

A first version of the European Exposure Model, developed as part of the "Risk Modelling Framework for Europe" workpackage (WP26), has been released on EFEHR’s European Seismic Risk Service portal. This exposure model has been used in the development of the Global Earthquake Model’s (GEM) Global Seismic Risk Map, released in December 2018. Improvements to the European exposure model are ongoing within SERA, together with developments in physical vulnerability and site amplification modelling, all of which will be integrated within the European Seismic Risk Model 2020 (ESRM20). A preliminary version of this risk model will be presented to over 100 participants from both academia and industry at a workshop in Istanbul in September 2019.

2019-04-17

Trainee vacancy at JRC

Trainee vacancy at JRC

A trainee position on the experimental study of flat-slab structures is available at the Joint Research Centre. The training consists in the collaboration to the elaboration of experimental data from the SERA/SLABSTRESS Transnational Access project. The deadline for applications is 14/05/2019. For more information and to apply, please visit this site (code: 2019-IPR-E-000-011551).

2019-04-09

How to rapidly detect and locate felt earthquakes

How to rapidly detect and locate felt earthquakes

Two papers related to JRA6 have been recently published on how to rapidly detect and seismically locate felt earthquakes. The first one, published in Seismological Research Letters, presents detections based on LastQuake smartphone app launches, a method named App Earthquake Detection (AED). Eyewitnesses are shown to launch LastQuake rapidly after feeling the tremor leading to automatic detection as fast as 20s regardless seismic data.

This is the latest “crowdsourced earthquake detection” method in operation at EMSC (European Mediterranean Seismological Centre) and complements detections based on EMSC website traffic monitoring and Twitter Earthquake detection (TED) based on the number of published tweets (messages on Twitter) containing the keyword “earthquake” in various languages. Compared to the 2 other methods, AED is often faster and presenting the best geographical information.

The second article, published in Science Advances in collaboration with GFZ (Germany) and Istvan Bondar (Kövesligethy Radó Seismological Observatory, Hungary), combines crowdsourced earthquake detections with seismic data from the GEOFON global networks to produce faster and reliable seismic locations. In the best cases, when the station coverage is adequate and EMSC is well identified in the region, seismic locations can be obtained in less than one minute of the origin time. It is a cheap way to improve earthquake network time performance at little cost for those felt earthquakes where public desire for information is high.

2019-03-21

SERA+ proposal submitted

SERA+ proposal submitted

SERA+ responds to the call INFRAIA-01-2018-2019 Research Infrastructures for Earthquake Hazard with the overall objective to improve the provision of access to data, services and research infrastructures for earthquake hazard, and deliver solutions based on innovative R&D in seismology and earthquake engineering, aiming at reducing the exposure of our society to the risk posed by natural and anthropogenic earthquakes. To this end, SERA+ pursues several goals:

  • offer transnational access to the best European experimental facilities in earthquake engineering and to key laboratories in the US, China and Korea
  • offer virtual access to the main providers of seismological data and products, in Europe and the US
  • integrate the successful results and implementation of the past infrastructure projects NERIES, NERA, SERIES and SERA and expand access capabilities to new communities and disciplines which were not yet focus of integration in past projects
  • achieve the effective integration of key competences, data and infrastructures in seismology and earthquake engineering, through common Networking and Joint Research Activities
  • provide authoritative input for diverse stakeholders, from Civil Protection agencies to the European seismic building code EC8
  • develop the future standards and techniques for experimental observations in earthquake engineering and observational seismology
  • consolidate the construction and validation of EPOS, by developing and testing key services in seismology, anthropogenic hazards and earthquake engineering
  • provide effective communication and outreach to all stakeholders.

With 41 beneficiaries from 19 countries, 32 activities and 128 deliverables, SERA+ builds an important element toward the reduction of seismic risk in Europe.

Events

15 - 16 May 2019, Edinburgh (UK)
SERA Annual Science Meeting 2019
SERA participants can register here until 1 March 2019

6 - 7 June 2019, Belgrade (Serbia)
SERA Workshop 'EIDA and the Balkans' 
Register here as soon as possible

12 - 13 September 2019, Istanbul (Turkey)
SERA European Seismic Risk Model Workshop
If interested, register here and contact Helen Crowley (helen.crowley@eucentre.it)

7 - 10 October 2019, Grenoble (France)
2019 EPOS Seismology Workshop
More information here

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