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  • Supporting response and recovery in Ecuador after the April 16, 2016 M7.8 earthquake

    impact | 18 Apr 2016 > The GEM Foundation's Integrated Risk Team has put together a blog post with estimates of the impact of the M7.8 Ecuador earthquake which struck the northern coast of Ecuador on 16 April:


  • Social media outreach with a new blog and a more active presence

    social media | 21 Mar 2016 > To disseminate information on advances, activities, OpenQuake updates and other news on Integrated Earthquake Risk, February 2016 has seen the launch of the GEM Integrated Risk Blog. The weekly blog is managed by GEM’s Physical Risk and Social Vulnerability and Resilience teams and in its first post, Catalina Yepes has written about the Exposure Model produced for South America.

  • Collaborative Research Project - British Columbia

    partners | 14 Mar 2016 > Together with Emergency Management BC (EMBC) and the Geological Survey of Canada, GEM will start to work on an integrated earthquake risk assessment for the Province of British Columbia. The proposed study will include both a regional assessment of earthquake risks in the province, and more detailed assessments of risk reduction potential in hotspot areas of concern. GEM will assist the development of a framework of indicators that can be used to support earthquake risk reduction planning at local and regional scales in British Columbia. The aim is to develop a framework of performance measures that EMBC can use to inform policy targets and earthquake risk reduction strategies for the Province. This project will be a new opportunity to demonstrate the full capabilities of the OpenQuake platform, and the benefits of investing in a broader GEM-Canada partnership.

  • February 2016: What is the most significant change arising out of your work for GEM in the past month?

    impact | 05 Mar 2016 > Some interesting insights on GEM’s impact and achievement, from the perspective of our hard-working staff.

  • Peruvian scientist visits GEM in February

    partners | 27 Feb 2016 > Holger Lovon from Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Peru, visited GEM Risk Team at Pavia in February, to work on the vulnerability assessment of self-constructed confined masonry buildings. This building technique is very popular in Peru and is usually performed by small to very small building contractors or by homeowners as self-built exercise. In cities like Lima, this type of building accounts for almost 70% of the building stock. During his five week visit, Holger has been working on developing fragility curves for this type of building.