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Experts share tsunami knowledge

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COULD A maritime natural disaster as devastating as the Indian Ocean tsunami happen closer to home in the Atlantic Ocean?

This is one of the questions that will be asked at a half day meeting at the ICE on Monday, which will look at the lessons to be learned from the Boxing Day tsunami and study the response of the engineering profession.

The programme will feature seismic experts who have modelled the event and will talk about the causes of the tsunami.

The meeting will go on to look at the risk of another major tsunami happening in the future, including in the Atlantic.

Moving on to the engineering response, measures to minimise the impact on people and infrastructure will be inspected.

This will include a presentation from the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) which recently returned from the affected areas.

The meeting, organised jointly by the ICE Maritime Board and the Society for Earthquake & Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED), will discuss longer term mitigation and the development of an effective early warning system.

Following presentations from 2pm to 5.30pm, an evening meeting starting at 6pm will draw on key points from the afternoon and make recommendations.

The audience will hear from Imperial College professor of civil engineering and ICE vice president John Burland, chairman of the ICE Maritime Board and Arup director Greg Haigh, and SECED chairman and Arup director Ziggy Lubkowski.

Recommendations are expected to be passed on to the UK government.

For details contact Marta Dziedzicki on (020) 7665 2239 or marta. dziedzicki@ice. org. uk.

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