Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

HU conference on earthquakes to highlight Israel's lack of preparedness for "The Big One"

23.01.2007
Catastrophic environmental disasters and Israel's lack of preparedness will be the focus of a conference this week at the Hebrew University forecasting the impact of the next major earthquake in the region. The conference will take place on Thursday, January 25, from 9 a.m. until 3.45 p.m. at the Edmond J. Safra campus at Givat Ram.

Israel lies along the Syrian-African rift, one of the world's major fault lines. A major earthquake hits the region approximately once every hundred years, and according to statistics, "The Big One" is due round about now.

Moderate earthquakes in recent years have raised concerns as to how prepared Israel really is if a strong earthquake hits. To what extend could Israeli buildings withstand a major quake? What could be the regional environmental impact if the nuclear reactor and other industrial structures containing hazardous materials are damaged? How would Israel deal with a water crisis in the event of an earthquake? How aware or prepared is the Israeli public? These are just some of the issues that will be discussed at the conference.

The conference coincides with recent discoveries by the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University showing a relation between the activity in the Dead Sea rift and the Anatolian faults – using geological records that go back 70 millennia, rather than historical records that only go back two millennia. Such long-term records of earthquakes are rare, and greatly assist earthquake hazard analysis, helping experts better understand earthquake phenomena.

Speakers at the conference will include Prof. Amotz Agnon (Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University); Dr. Benny Begin (Israel Institute of Geology); Mr. Aharon Vardi (Israel Water Authority); Dr. Moti Sela (Ministry of Environmental Protection); as well as architects, engineers and representatives from the Ministry of Education.

The event is being held under the auspices of the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University and is being sponsored by Gerald M. Friedman. The event will be conducted in Hebrew.

For further information:

Rebecca Zeffert, Dept. of Media Relations, the Hebrew University, tel: 02-588-1641, cell: 052-428 2661

or Orit Sulitzeanu, Hebrew University spokesperson, tel: 02-5882910, cell: 052-260 8016.

Rebecca Zeffert | Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Further information:
http://media.huji.ac.il
http://www.huji.ac.il

More articles from Earth Sciences:

nachricht GPM sees deadly tornadic storms moving through US Southeast
01.12.2016 | NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

nachricht Cyclic change within magma reservoirs significantly affects the explosivity of volcanic eruptions
30.11.2016 | Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

All articles from Earth Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

Im Focus: MADMAX: Max Planck Institute for Physics takes up axion research

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.

The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...

Im Focus: Molecules change shape when wet

Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water

In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...

Im Focus: Fraunhofer ISE Develops Highly Compact, High Frequency DC/DC Converter for Aviation

The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses

02.12.2016 | Medical Engineering

Plasma-zapping process could yield trans fat-free soybean oil product

02.12.2016 | Agricultural and Forestry Science

What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?

02.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>