Scientific Discussion on the seismic zone beneath Crete

The International Workshop on Mega Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Subduction Zones: Forecasting Approaches and Implications for Hazard Assessment begun today in Rhodes island, Greece, with the participation of experts, young scientists and representatives of international organizations from around the globe.

The programme includes oral and poster presentations, discussions and social events and also a Special Session on “Pre- and Post-disaster resilience and risk mitigation actions.


  •     Philippe Agard, University of Paris 6, France
  •     Maria Ana Baptista, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  •     Wolfgang Brenn, Japanese-German Center Berlin, Germany
  •     Dietrich Albert, University of Gratz, Austria
  •     Taras Gerya, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland
  •     Slava Gusiakov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  •     David Jackson, University of California LA, USA
  •     Boris Levin, Academy of Sciences, Russia
  •     Alik Ismail-Zadeh, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, German
  •     Fumihiko Imamura, Tohoku University, Japan
  •     Onno Oncken, GFZ, Germany
  •     Gerassimos Papadopoulos, National Observatory of Athens, Greece
  •     George Pararas – Carayannis, The Tsunami Society, USA
  •     Efim Pelinovsky, Academy of Sciences, Russia
  •     Alexander Rabinovich, Academy of Sciences, Russia
  •     Kenzi Satake, University of Tokyo, Japan
  •     Peter Suhadolc, University of Trieste, Italy
  •     Stefano Tinti, University of Bologna, Italy
  •     Vasily Titov, NOAA, USA
  •     Ahmet Yalciner, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  •     Alexey Zavyalov, Academy of Sciences (Russia) and European Seismological Commission.

The Concept of NEARTOWARN Project

A variety of seismic and non-seismic near-field tsunami sources threaten coastal communities in the North East Atlantic and Mediterranean (NEAM) region. NEARTOWARN is a preparedeness project financially supported by the DG Humaniatarian Aid and Civil Protection-ECHO of the European Commission.

The main goal of NEARTOWARN is to promote technology with the aim to close the gap between the regional watch services scheduled to be provided by the North East Atlantic and Mediterranean Tsunami Warning System (NEAMTWS) coordinated by IOC/UNESCO and the need to warn for near-field tsunamis with travel times of the first wave to the closest shoreline being less than 30 min.

To this aim an early warning system for near-field tsunamis will be constructed in Rhodes island, Greece. The system will serve as a pilot for other areas which are threatened by near-field tsunamis in NEAM and beyond.

Rhodes was selected for a number of reasons. The first is that it was hit by near-field, strong earthquakes and tsunamis in the historical past and for this reason it was, along with Fethiye, SW Turkey, the master test-site for the EU FP6 research project TRANSFER. In addition, Rhodes was selected since it represents one of the highly tourist destinations in EU and, at the same time, it is of high cultural profile with a long number of archaeological sites and monuments, being part of the UNESCO programme. In addition, it is scheduled to characterize and map the near-field tsunami sources in the NEAM region in a way that will be useful to civil protection authorities for understanding better the level and type of risks associated with these tsunami sources.

When possible a long-term, probabilistic tsunami forecasting will be approached and the minimum travel times of tsunami waves will be calculated for particular tsunami sources or tsunami zones. Then a comprehensive inventory of the existing near-field tsunami sources in each country of the NEAM region will be obtained.

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