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Project 659 - Seismic risk assessment in Africa

Project Updates - 2021

The African Seismological Commission, in cooperation with the IGCP-659 project, organized a Tsunami Awareness Day. Talks and discussion session were conducted and are available here.

Brief outline of the project

Seismotectonic studies are necessary for seismic hazard assessment and earthquake risk mitigation in Africa. Seismic risk is increasing sharply, due to rapid population growth and urbanization. Accurate seismic hazard and risk assessment at a regional scale requires the identification and characterization of major seismic sources. In this project, the preparation of thematic maps in seismotectonics, earthquake hazard and risk assessment including seismic scenarios for some of the major cities on the continent constitute an important objective necessary for the social and economic development of Africa. The activities to be developed in the project address the application of advanced methodologies for the seismic hazard evaluation and its impact on densely populated territories of Africa.

The SEISMOSHAF project primary objectives are

  • to update the database developed in the previous IGCP-601 project on the Seismotectonic Map of Africa, and
  • to improve regional seismotectonic maps for application in a multidisciplinary approach to the seismic hazard and risk assessments.

The project will also explore the feasibility of real-time seismic risk mitigation, such as Early Earthquake Warning Systems (EEWS) in selected pilot-sites. The transfer of knowledge and training is also an important aspect of the project, which will enable similar studies at local scale.

The co-leaders are from Tahiland, Myanmar, China, Japan and United States of America.

Related Information

  • Duration: 2018-2021
  • IGCP Theme: Geohazards
  • Website


  • Prof. Mustapha MEGHRAOUI
    Address:Institut Terre et Environnement de Strasbourg (ITES), CNRS-UMR 7516, Université de Strasbourg, 5, rue René Descartes, 67084 Strasbourg,France