Almaty Akim (Mayor) Akhmetzhan Yessimov met with renowned scientist, professor of the Department of Earth Science and head of Bullard laboratories at the University of Cambridge James Jackson on Sept. 3 to discuss cooperation between Kazakhstan and British scientists on seismology.
“We would like to work with local scientists on analysing earthquakes. Apart from traditional seismology, we have experience in geological research conducted with the help of space technology. We also would like to train young Kazakhstan scientists capable of participating in our future joint projects to exchange information and experience. I am sure that Kazakhstan can become a leader in seismology efforts,” Jackson said.
The Cambridge professor also noted that contemporary science cannot predict earthquakes. The main prevention measure is the construction of earthquake-proof buildings, as well as raising public awareness about how to respond to earthquakes.
During the meeting, holding a global conference on seismology under the aegis of the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and UNESCO in Almaty next year was suggested. The initiative was supported by the Almaty mayor, who also expressed his belief in the need for additional cooperation between local and foreign scientists in this sphere.
Almaty is already working on seismology matters with UNESCO. A UNESCO international conference and a seminar on seismology took place in Almaty in May. It was one of the largest seminars of its type to ever be held in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Almaty has become a centre for earthquake research because of its location in a seismic zone. The city administration is constantly financing measures to earthquake proof the city, especially schools and hospitals. New buildings must meet earthquake related building standards. Moreover, a map of seismic micro-zones was recently renewed.