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US/Mexico Earthquake Monitoring Press Conference
Released: 10/17/2011 2:58:42 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communications and Publishing
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119
Reston, VA 20192
Leslie Gordon, USGS 1-click interview
Phone: (650) 793-1534

Diana Escalante, Ministry of the Interior, Mexico
Phone: (5255) 5128-0182 ext.11724

Tomás Sánchez, CENAPRED, Mexico
Phone: (5255) 5424-6110

In partnership with: USNORTHCOM, CENAPRED

Additional Contact:  John Cornelio, USNORTHCOM, (719) 554-9618, John.Cornelio@northcom.mil

PASADENA, Calif. — The United States and Mexico are working together to improve seismic monitoring south of the US/Mexican border. International scientific cooperation will lead to a reduction in losses of lives and property from earthquakes, and working together will increase the resilience of communities in both nations, linked by faults that cross the international border.

At the request of the Mexican National Center for Prevention of Disasters (CENAPRED, Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres) of the Ministry of the Interior, the U.S. Northern Command and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey are providing instruments and training to reinforce the Mexican seismic networks in the region, enhancing the measurement of seismic activity in the earthquake-prone zone in northern Mexico. This investment is complementary to the financial efforts being undertaken by the Mexican Government.

What: Press conference with scientific experts to announce US-Mexico partnership for seismic monitoring

When: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, 11:00 a.m. PDT

Where: U.S. Geological Survey
525 South Wilson Ave. Pasadena, CA 91106-3212
(A map and directions to the USGS offices are available online)

Who: Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water & Science, US Dept. of the Interior
Roberto Quaas Weppen, Director General, CENAPRED, Ministry of the Interior, Civil Protection, Mexico
Robert Mackay, Chief, Interagency Coordination Directorate Humanitarian Assistance Branch, US NORTHCOM
Tom Brocher, Earthquake Science Center Director, USGS
Doug Given, Southern Calif. Seismic Network Coordinator, USGS

An audio bridge will be available for those who cannot attend in person. Call (877) 695-9253, and enter conference code 3136184, followed by the # sign. Please put your own phone on mute during the presentation. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentations.  

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