On October 27, the U.S. Consul General Theresa Grencik opened the “Workshop for Regional Cooperation in Seismology and Earthquake Engineering in South and Central Asia” in Almaty. The week-long conference is coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Institute of Seismology in Kazakhstan, the Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the United Nations, the International Science and Technology Center, and other international organizations.
USGS works actively in Central Asia and has coordinated a series of workshops and training courses dealing with seismology, seismic hazard, and risk assessment and mitigation. USGS was the co-organizer of the first Workshop for Regional Cooperation in Seismology and Earthquake Engineering in South and Central Asia in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2013. More than 80 scientists and engineers from throughout South and Central Asia, Europe, and the U.S. have been invited to participate in the Almaty workshop to share their expertise in issues of seismology and earthquake engineering. The workshop is being funded in part by both USGS and the U.S. Department of State.
At the opening ceremony, the U.S. Consul General Theresa Grencik highlighted the importance of improving regional cooperation and communication about earthquakes. She said, “Fault lines and earthquakes do not recognize political boundaries. Meetings such as this one provide a foundation for such sharing of technical information across borders. Indeed, when the earth shakes, we are all equal. Therefore I am very pleased that this spirit of collaboration continues in this workshop, where everyone can share their knowledge and ideas that can help us all develop new strategies and new capacities.”