Natural Disaster Scenarios and Seismic Activity in the MENA Region

Natural Disaster Scenarios and Seismic Activity in the MENA Region

  • 6 May 2013

Volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, drought, the ozone layer, desertification, the moon, the sun, magma, the atmosphere, plate tectonics, and cyclones are the main actors involved in a theatrical performance of nature that has continued since the dawn of time to marvel, amaze, and terrify its audience from the stage that is our planet.

The management of earthquakes requires an understanding of the mechanisms that govern the movement of tectonic plates. These movements are the result of a multitude of forces acting on our planet, some of which are external (such as astronomical, luni-solar forces and planetary perturbations), and some internal (geochemical and geophysical processes). Also of significance in this respect is the interaction of the Earth’s magnetic field with that of the sun.

Protection against major risks in the future will require the use of space technology, and will utilize a new approach to the study of the earth in its broader environment. Through the detailed study of these phenomena it is possible to establish a relationship between seismic, climate and volcanological phenomena that can explain the nature of global seismicity, and more specifically that of the Maghreb and the Middle East. Ultimately this can lead to the development of a comprehensive disaster management scheme for major natural hazards that could minimize the human and material damage they cause around the world. This scenario has allowed us since 2003 to make predictions regarding seismic and climate changes and establish a pattern for use in risk management.

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Monday 6 May 2013

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Monday 6 May 2013

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