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USGS to unveil Earthquake Hazards Assessment of Afghanistan

Washington D.C., USA, 28 May 2007: The Embassy of Afghanistan will host U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) officials as they unveil an earthquake hazards assessment of the Republic of Afghanistan on May 30.

To assist in the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, 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. The sources said that the 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 Afghanistan.

The newly released seismic-hazard map of Afghanistan provides government officials, engineers, and private companies with 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.