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Actu Natural Disasters - Earthquakes

09/08/2016

As demonstrated by past events, earthquakes pose a genuine risk in France. In this news brief, seismologists and experts provide additional details on this unpredictable phenomenon. Spotlight on the PACA region of Southern France, the region most susceptible to earthquakes on the French mainland.

 

MAIN SPEAKER
Questions put to Jérôme Lambert, expert on historical seismicity at the French Geological Survey (BRGM)

Although France has not been recently struck by an earthquake of destructive force, the country is however exposed to seismic risk. In order to be better prepared, we must look back to the past. Jérôme Lambert, an expert on historical seismicity, explains the history of the most destructive earthquakes that have struck France.


REPORT
How is Nice preparing for the next major earthquake?

Seismologists have learned that, over a period of a thousand years, one highly destructive earthquake and four earthquakes causing serious damage have occurred in France each century. Although impossible to predict, a major earthquake could occur close to a large city like Nice. What would be the consequences to the population and the economy and how are people preparing for the next quake?


NEWS IN PICTURES
Natural disaster news in pictures

"News in pictures" brings us to Ecuador, a country that was severely struck by an earthquake last April 16. Next, we will travel to the Bouches-du-Rhône region of France and to California which were affected by major fires this past summer. Lastly, we will talk about the Journée CCR Cat that was held last June 30.

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