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The 2019 training course on analysis and forecasting of earthquake geology has been successfully concluded in Xinyuan

2019/11/28 15:37:01

To improve the ability of earthquake analysis and forecasting personnel to track earthquake conditions and judge earthquake trends, and to better combine and apply the new results of earthquake geology research, from August 18 to 24, 2019, a training course on analysis and forecasting of earthquake geologywas held in Xinyuan County, Xinjiang Province, which was entrusted by the monitoring and forecasting department of the China Earthquake Administration (CEA), sponsored by the Institute of Geology, CEA, and assisted by the Xinjiang Earthquake Agency. Nearly 50 key forecasting personnel from provincial earthquake agenciesand the forecasting departments of directly affiliated institutions attended the training. This training course included eight wonderful lectures and a day of vivid field teaching practice.

The opening ceremony of the training course was presided over by Jiang Hanchao, Director of the Science and Technology Development Department of the Institute of Geology, and Huang Weibei from the Monitoring and Forecasting Department of the CEA attended and delivered a speech. First he expressed his great pleasure to attend the training course, and then he put forward his views on monitoring and forecasting work from the perspective of “don't forget your mind and remember your mission.” General Secretary Xi Jinping attaches great importance to earthquake prevention and disaster reduction, and has made several instructions this year. Earthquake workers’ initial target is earthquake prediction work, and earthquake prediction is a long and arduous task. In the new era of earthquake prediction work, new requirements have also been put forward; there are still many gaps in the current results in the service of society and other aspects, and the majority of earthquake workers need to work together and constantly improve their own capabilities. The Monitoring and Forecasting Department has always attached great importance to personnel training by taking a series of measures and organizing various types of training courses; this training course on earthquake geology is one of these special training courses. This training course can help meet the demand of current analysis and forecasting work, and has allowed famous experts to be invited to teach students. Therefore, Huang Weibei expressed his hope that through this training, the knowledge learned will help make up for our shortcomings. In addition, he expressed that we should learn from the spirit and perspectives of the older generation of earthquake workers to improve our professional capabilities. Finally, on behalf of the Monitoring and Forecasting Department, he thanked the Institute of Geology for meticulous organization of the training class over the past few years. He also thanked the teachers for their hard work teaching, and the comrades from the Xinjiang Earthquake Agency for their hard work in this training class. Director Jiang Hanchao introduced the one-year preparatory process of the training course and put forward requirements and suggestions on discipline and matters needing attention during the training. He pointed out that earthquake geology is an important theoretical support for the analysis of earthquakes, and he expressed his hope that everyone would cherish the opportunity and learn something during the training. Finally, he thanked the Xinjiang Earthquake Agency for its support and assistance.

Researchers Chen Jie, Wen Xueze, Yang Xiaoping, Han Zhujun, Ma Shengli, Shan Xinjian, and Jiang Hanchao were invited to give reports for the training class. They respectively reported on aspects of “Late Cenozoic tectonics and strong earthquakes in the Pamir–Tianshan convergent belt,” “geological basis for the monitoring and prediction of earthquakes,” “active fault and fold structure and earthquake tectonic style of a compressive tectonic zone,” “fault mechanics and earthquake mechanisms,” “crustal deformation and fault features,” and “lake facies sedimentary records in ancient earthquake research.” They provided vivid explanations from basic theory to the latest achievements. At the end of each lecture, students actively asked questions, and the teacher carefully answered.

On the morning of the 20th, researchersChen Jie and Yin Guanghua of the Xinjiang Earthquake Agency led all the students to start a one-day field teaching practice. The main contents of the study were field investigation of the magnitude 8 Nilekeearthquake of 1812 and the geology and geomorphology of the Kashihe Fault, which was the triggering earthquake fault of the magnitude 6.6 Xinyuan earthquake of 2012. After a day of field inspection, detailed discussion, and vivid and systematic explanation by the teacher who led the team, we had a better perceptual understanding of the surface rupture distribution characteristics, fault activity characteristics, and their performance in the geomorphology of the Kashihe Fault.