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Published:May 29th, 2007 08:57 EST
USGS, Unveil Earthquake Hazards Assessment of Afghanistan

USGS, Unveil Earthquake Hazards Assessment of Afghanistan

By SOP newswire

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 country.

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.

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