Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

3-26-2001

Session End Date

3-31-2001

Abstract

In 1998, the Secretariat of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) and GeoHazards International (GHI) launched the understanding Urban Seismic Risk around the World (UUSRAW) project. The 18-month project established an internet network of 74 seismically active cities worldwide to compare their earthquake hazard and to share their experiences and resources in working to reduce the impact of future earthquakes. In each city, a local scientist or municipal officer gathered the information necessary to conduct the comparative assessment using the Earthquake Disaster Risk Index (Davidson, 1997), a composite index used to assesses risk based on several factors. The comparative assessment and other project results, including a compilation of city profiles that systematically describe the key elements of each participating city’s earthquake risk and its risk management practices, as well as a compilation of more than 60 risk management efforts from 27 cities, will be included in a formal report published by the United Nations. Although work continues in developing a technically sound, widely accepted assessment of the earthquake risk and risk management practices of cities worldwide, the UUSRAW project represents a significant first step in establishing a worldwide network of earthquake professionals and helping cities share experiences and learn from each other more effectively.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Fourth Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

3-26-2001

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2001 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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A Project to Study Urban Earthquake Risk Worldwide

San Diego, California

In 1998, the Secretariat of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) and GeoHazards International (GHI) launched the understanding Urban Seismic Risk around the World (UUSRAW) project. The 18-month project established an internet network of 74 seismically active cities worldwide to compare their earthquake hazard and to share their experiences and resources in working to reduce the impact of future earthquakes. In each city, a local scientist or municipal officer gathered the information necessary to conduct the comparative assessment using the Earthquake Disaster Risk Index (Davidson, 1997), a composite index used to assesses risk based on several factors. The comparative assessment and other project results, including a compilation of city profiles that systematically describe the key elements of each participating city’s earthquake risk and its risk management practices, as well as a compilation of more than 60 risk management efforts from 27 cities, will be included in a formal report published by the United Nations. Although work continues in developing a technically sound, widely accepted assessment of the earthquake risk and risk management practices of cities worldwide, the UUSRAW project represents a significant first step in establishing a worldwide network of earthquake professionals and helping cities share experiences and learn from each other more effectively.