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13.04.2010 | Kyrgyz-German Research Institute remains intact after unrest

The Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (ZAIAG), founded by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, survived the serious unrest and looting in Bishkek comparably unblemished. “All that was damaged was a door during marauder attempts to enter the building on the night of the conflicts” reports Bolot Moldobekov, the Kyrgyz Co-Director of the institute. Together with the other male employees at ZAIAG he stood guard for several nights, protecting the institute against looting and destruction


15.03.2010 | Earthquake Observatory in Northern Chile to monitor the last seismic gap

German-Chilean monitoring of high-magnitude quakes 
The high-magnitude earthquake of 27.2.2010 in southern Central Chile closed one of the two remaining seismic gaps at the South American plate boundary. After the quake of Concepción, the remaining gap in the north of Chile now holds potential for a comparable strong quake and is, thus, moving more and more into the focus of attention. The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, has been monitoring this gap with the Integrated Plate Boundary Observatory (IPOC) in Chile since 2006. In a festive ceremony on March 15, the Chairman of the Board of the GFZ, Professor Reinhard Huettl, is handing over this Observatory to the Universidad de Chile with the seismological service of Chile and to the Universidad Catolica del Norte.


08.03.2010 | Earthquake in Chile - a complicated fracture

The extremely strong earthquake in Chile on 27 February this year was a complicated rupture process, as scientists from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences found out. Quakes with such magnitude virtually penetrate the entire Earth’s crust. After closer analysis of the seismic waves radiated by this earthquake during the first 134 seconds after start of the rupture, the researchers came to the conclusion that only the region around the actual epicentre was active during the first minutes. In the second minute the active zone moved north towards Santiago. After that the region south of Concepción became active for a short time. This rupturing trend agrees well with the distribution of the aftershocks during the following three days, as observed by the GEOFON-measuring network of the GFZ up to 03.03.2010.


03.03.2010 | Bridging Geosciences in the Berlin-Brandenburg Region

On Wednesday, 03 March 2010, the Humboldt University Berlin, the Free University Berlin, the Technical University Berlin, the Berlin Museum of Natural History, the University of Potsdam and the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences founded the coordination platform Geo.X. The name Geo.X stands for the bridging of geosciences to further natural and engineering sciences, but also to humanities and social-science disciplines. Geoscientific themes, of significant importance for the future of society, will be researched in an interdisciplinary manner. 


10.02.2010 | Geothermal Energy and CO2-Storage: competing use of the underground?

The fight against the CO2 emissions can be applied at two places: First of all, forms of energy can be used, which yield either no, or only very small amounts of carbon dioxide emissions, for example geothermal energy. Secondly the inevitably freed CO2 when burning fossil energy sources can be captured and geologically stored in suitable rock formations. If, however, geothermal and geological CO2-storage need to use the same rock layers, the question arises if the one does not perhaps rule out the other.


25.01.2010 | Exercise in the case of emergency

An international workshop on “Tsunami Early Warning in the Indian Ocean” has been opened today in Indonesia in the frame of the GITEWS-project in cooperation between the GFZ Potsdam/Germany and the BMKG Jakarta/Indonesia, in association with the ICG/IOTWS of UNESCO IOC. Shortly after the Tsunami Disaster 2004 in Indian Ocean, all nations realized the need of a Tsunami Warning System in Indian Ocean. The countries in Indian Ocean have committed to develop an Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS) to serve member states in Indian Ocean for the future tsunami. This system is now under coordination of an Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) of UNESCO IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission). In line with the development of the system, the capacity of National Tsunami Warning Centres (NTWC)s and Regional Tsunami Watch Providers (RTWP) needs to be strengthened for maintenance and sustainability purposes as well as interoperability of the products among others.


17.01.2010 | The seismic gap south of Istanbul

The chain of earthquakes along the North Anatolian fault shows a gap south of Istanbul. The expected earthquakes in this region represent an extreme danger for the Turkish megacity. A new computer study now shows that the tensions in this part of the fault zone could trigger several earthquakes instead of one individual large quake event. In the latest issue of Nature Geosciences (Nature Geoscience, vol 3, doi:10.1038/NGEO739) Tobias Hergert of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology and Oliver Heidbach of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences present the results of the computer simulation, which was developed within the framework of the CEDIM (Centre for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology).project “Megacity Istanbul”. 

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