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Haresh Shah, Chairman of the World Seismic Safety Initiative and Stanford University professor, will discuss practical methods of seismic risk assessment at the United Nations University from 15.30 to 17.30 hours on 23 June 1998 in the 5th floor conference room.

Professor Shah’s presentation is part of the RADIUS Training Seminar for City Government Officials that is taking place from 22-25 June at UNU Headquarters, followed by field trips from 26-30 June to the cities of Kobe, Fukui, and Osaka.

The training is for city government officials who are responsible for disaster management planning. The aim is to teach them about earthquake damage estimation and seismic risk management, and to develop a training manual that can be used in urban areas around the world. Twenty participants from 14 countries will attend.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend Prof. Shah’s presentation. A question and answer session will follow.

The United Nations has designated the 1990s the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. The UNU training seminar is part of this initiative’s RADIUS Project, which deals with Risk Assessment Tools for Diagnosis of Urban Areas Against Seismic Disaster. The project seeks to mitigate seismic disasters in cities. The UNU hopes that earthquake management training will help reduce worldwide the loss of life, property, and social disruption that earthquakes cause.

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For more information about the training seminar, please visit the UNU’s homepage by clicking here. Additional information is also available from the UNU Public Affairs Section:
Tel.: (03) 5467-1243, -1246, Fax: (03) 3406-7346


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