European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC)

Centre sismologique euro-méditerranéen (CSEM)

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Founded 1975, following a recommendation from the E-XD8301 - European Seismological Commission (ESC) based on the consideration that the European-Mediterranean region displayed a potentially dangerous seismic activity, which subsequently gained support of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI) and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). Began operations 1 Jan 1976, Strasbourg (France), at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg (IPGS). Statutes adopted 1983; modified 1993 consecutively to an Extraordinary General Assembly 13 Dec 1993, Rome (Italy), when the seat moved to the Laboratoire de Détection et de Géophysique (LDG) of the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA) in Bruyères-le-Châtel (France). Charged by D-XD0435 - Council of Europe (CE), 1987, to provide CoE with seismic warnings in the framework of the F-XF1447 - Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection against and Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters (EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement). Registered in accordance with French law, 1983.


Establish and operate a system for rapid determination of the European and Mediterranean earthquake epicentres, and transmit the results immediately to the appropriate international authorities and to members; determine the principal parameters (epicentre, depth, magnitude, focal mechanisms, etc) of major seismic events located within the European-Mediterranean region and dispatch widely the corresponding results; collect the data necessary for operations of the Centre and make them available to other international, regional or national data centres; encourage scientific cooperation among European and Mediterranean countries in the field of earthquake research, and develop studies of general interest; promote the exchange of seismological data between laboratories in the European-Mediterranean area; satisfy any request related to detailed studies of specific events; assure the functioning of an European seismological data bank; promote improvement of observational systems in the European-Mediterranean region.


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Assembly (annual); Coordination Bureau of 3 members; Executive Council: EMSC-ORFEUS Scientific Advisory Board; ORFEUS-EMSC Coordinating Committee; Nodal Members carry out scientific activities; ad-hoc committees.


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