22
MAR
2017

Active faulting and great earthquakes – field work in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan hosts one of the most spectacular faults in Central Asia. The Ashgabat Fault is a more than 300 km long strike-slip feature with a significant vertical component of motion and a remarkable expression in the landscape. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s capital, is...
05
MAR
2017

The 2016 field work campaign on the Dzhungarian Fault

In 2015, an EwF team went out for field work in the northern Tien Shan to investigate the slip rate of the Dzhungarian Fault (read the article here). Based on the new findings, we ran another field campaign on this major strike-slip fault in summer 2016. This time we focussed on...
18
JAN
2017

Report on the conference “Earthquake science and hazard in Central Asia”

From 7-11 September, 2016, the conference “Earthquake science and hazard in Central Asia” took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The meeting brought together earth scientists and social scientists from the EwF project, and scientists and decision makers from Kazakhstan....
01
DEC
2016

New EwF-paper on faults in continental interiors: Palaeoseismic insights from SE Kazakhstan

In 2014 an EwF team investigated active faults in southeast Kazakhstan. We focussed on the area around the Ili Basin because we already knew that active tectonics were forming the landscape there and we wanted to find out which of the many faults are the most active ones. This...
15
OCT
2016

Field work on the Chilik-Chon Kemin Fault in Kazakhstan

The Chilik-Chon Kemin Fault in Kazakhstan caused one of the largest continental earthquakes ever recorded. In 1889, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of ~M8.3 occurred on this left-lateral strike-slip fault zone and produced more than 100 km of surface ruptures...
20
JUL
2016

Field work campaign on faults and earthquakes in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

One focus of EwF is to investigate the active faults in the Tien Shan. We map them from satellite data and in the field, we measure their slip rates, and we reconstruct their earthquake history. These studies help us to understand how the continents deform. The data we gather can...
16
JUN
2016

New paper on earthquake science in DRR policy and practice

Background: one of our priorities in the Earthquakes without Frontiers project has been to understand how earthquake science is used in disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts across the partnership countries. To what extent are DRR activities informed by, or underpinned by,...
15
JUN
2016

Landslides following the 2015 Gorkha earthquake: Monsoon 2016

  Observations The 2015 Gorkha earthquakes triggered more than 22,500 landslides, focused along the major river valleys in the hill and mountain districts of central and western Nepal, and were equivalent to several hundred years of ‘normal’ monsoon-triggered landslide...
25
MAY
2016

New EwF paper on the 1889 Chilik Earthquake (Mw8.0-8.3) in the Tien Shan

One of the focus areas of the EwF project is the Tien Shan, especially the northern part of the mountain range in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Here we can study how the continents deform as a far-field effect of the convergence between India and Eurasia. We investigate how the...
04
APR
2016

COMET Topography Workshop in Oxford

Oxford University kindly hosted the COMET Topography Workshop from 31 March to 1 April, 2016. The workshop was all about high-resolution topography data derived from stereo satellite imagery and Structure-from-Motion. Aim was to provide practical training with the ERDAS Imagine...