Dr. Jalal Dabeek, Vice President of the National Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction, and Director of the Disaster Risk Reduction Center at An-Najah, participated in a conference that was organized by An-Najah National University on the situation the Palestinian valley of the Jordan River. The Conference titled “Guardians of the Valley- Jericho and its two Costs: the River and the Sea” had focused on the situation of the Valley from cultural, political and economic perspective. The conference that was held on Monday 4April 2014 attracted large number of researchers and interested attendants. Dr. Dabbeek’s paper that was presented in the conference dealt with a major factor that affects the situation in the Valley and should be taken into consideration in its development plans; Seismic Vulnerability of the Dead Sea area and the Jordan Valley, and Earthquake Risk Reduction. The paper included the following areas of discussion:
· An introduction to the causes of earthquakes and the movement of tectonic plates.
· The Rift Valley, the Arab Sinai – Palestine plate movement (the African Plate), and the nature and shape of the movement between Palestine and Jordan.
· The seismic vulnerability of the area, the active land cracks, and the seismic activity recorded in the area.
· The potential for top-end Richter scale earthquakes in the area.
· The causes of the increase of seismic vulnerability in Palestine, and how to limit the risks by increasing infrastructure resistance and the society’s abilities to face them.
1. As part of its interaction with the local and international stakeholders, Support Action for Strengthening Palestinian-administered Areas capabilities for Seismic Risk Mitigation (SASPARM) Project is dedicated to participating in events for the purpose of public awareness and debate.
2. The SASPARM Project aims to educate and spread awareness on earthquakes’ risks and mechanism for maintaining public safety of citizens.
3. The Project is sponsored by the EU within the FP7 projects and in partnership with the European Centre for Seismic Engineering and IUSS University Pavia, Italy.