Understanding seismic risk through capacity development and knowledge sharing


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The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation TREQ Project, with support from USAID, will present the progress of the urban earthquake hazard and risk assessments, and capacity development efforts in Quito (Ecuador), Cali (Colombia) and Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic) on July 9th 2021 via Zoom.


The event will also feature the USGS earthquake hazard- and consequences-driven scenarios for the pilot cities, the results of the OpenQuake engine training in hazard and risk assessment and lessons from the integration of TREQ’s educational and training materials into university courses.


Several project stakeholders from public, private and academic organizations from the pilot cities worked together since late 2019 to update the cities’ hazard and risk models. The project results are expected to set the foundation for enhancing earthquake hazard and risk assessment in other cities and urban areas in the region.


Building on the success of the collaborative efforts of the South America Risk Assessment project (SARA) in 2013 and Central America and the Caribbean Risk Assessment project (CCARA) in 2017, the TREQ team, in collaboration with local experts from Quito, Cali and Santiago de los Caballeros, are updating the hazard and risk models of the pilot cities using more detailed information.


The data behind these updated results will be centrally stored on GEM’s online platform, open and accessible to a wide-range of users – from risk analysts, emergency planners and managers to researchers, modelers and the public at large.


Since 2020, the TREQ team has trained close to 400+ individuals from 56 countries – mainly from the pilot cities, and produced training and educational materials that are being adapted for university courses through the project’s Training the Trainers component. Below is some of the feedback from the stakeholders.


"I really liked the experience and I would like to take this workshop to my students of the Master's Degree in Earthquake Engineering so that we can do research projects." - Maribel Guzman, PUCMM, Dominican Republic


"Delighted with the information presented and the material is excellent, including the modeling software" - Hernán Suárez, Risk Management Unit - Municipality of Quito, Ecuador


"Congratulations on the development of the tool and your training! Very, very interesting and useful." - Srahyrlandy Rocio Díaz, Risk management secretariat, Cali, Colombia


More than 300 individuals have so far registered from around the world and across various sectors for the webinar on July 9th, 2021. The event will be available in English and Spanish and will be held from 15:00 - 17:00 CEST, 08:00-10:00 Bogota and 21:00-23:00 Singapore.


Interested individuals can also join us via Facebook live streaming and social media. Visit the event page for more information at https://www.globalquakemodel.org/treq-project-webinar-2021.


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