U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
Release Date: May 25, 2007
Joshua Gross, Media Relations Director
(202) 292-4285 / (202) 657-8052 (cell)
Clarice Nassif Ransom, Public Affairs Specialist, USGS
USGS AND GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN TO UNVEIL EARTHQUAKE HAZARDS ASSESSMENT OF AFGHANISTAN
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 30, the Embassy of Afghanistan will host U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) officials as they unveil an earthquake hazards assessment of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
To assist in the reconstruction
efforts of this landlocked nation, the USGS was commissioned by the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Afghanistan
to develop a preliminary Seismic-Hazard Map of Afghanistan. This report
incorporates data from thousands of historical earthquakes, information
about active faults, and models of how earthquake energy travels through
the Earth’s crust to define expected levels of ground shaking throughout
The newly released seismic-hazard map of Afghanistan provides government officials, engineers, and private companies who are interested in participating in Afghanistan’s economic growth with crucial information about the location and nature of seismic hazards. This new information will enable officials to make informed decisions about the designs and locations of critical structures such as power plants, dams, pipelines, and hospitals and will facilitate growth and development throughout Afghanistan by designing facilities that can better withstand strong earthquakes.
Who: H.E. Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Mark Myers, Director, U.S. Geological Survey
When: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Afghanistan
2341 Wyoming Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Registration is required: Due to limited space, members of the media must pre-register by contacting Joshua Gross: gross@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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