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Managing Earthquake Risk

EP27 Managing earthquakes episode | Planet Beyond


31 Aug 2023

In February 2023 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit near the Turkish Syrian border. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives and millions have been left homeless. It is one of the most devastating earthquakes to ever hit the region impacting an area the size of Germany.

Earthquakes have always been near impossible to predict, both the timing and magnitude. However vast amounts of data is still collected and our understanding of how to build resilience and manage the impact of earthquakes is improving.

In this episode, we're trying to understand the seismic events and the methods being used by data scientists to try and reduce the damage they inflict on infrastructure, and communities. Including ensuring that public and political will is behind investing in making infrastructure more resilient.

Millions are still dealing with the aftermath of recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria, if you are able please consider donating to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal.


Jon Baston-Pitt


Hari Kumar, Regional Coordinator, GeoHazards International

Donald Wells, Engineer Geologist, Fugro

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