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INQUA International Focus Group on Paleoseismology And Active Tectonics (TERPRO Comm.)

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logo paleoseismologyThe Paleoseismology International Focus Area is deeply rooted in the history of INQUA, coming from the past scientific networking within the former INQUA Neotectonics Comm., ceased in the year 2003. After the termination of the Neotectonics Comm., paleoseismology research and scientific networking within INQUA developed as a consistent International Focus Area.

During the two previous inter-congress periods (2003/2007 and 2007/2011) the Focus Area generated the Environmental Seismic Intensity Scale (ESI-2007) and the On-line Catalogue of Earthquake Environmental Effects (EEE) by means of successive INQUA-Projects.

In the present inter-congress period (2011/2015) the focus area is running the INQUA#1299 Project on EEE Metrics.

The main scope of International Focus Group on Paleoseismology and Active Tectonics is the understanding of past earthquakes and future seismic risks using Quaternary geology. The activity of the FA is focused on the study of coseismic environmental effects and their integral expression in the Quaternary record. Recent progresses in the field of paleoseismology have clearly shown that earthquake effects on natural environment are more strictly related to the earthquake magnitude (e.g. Wells & Coppersmith, 1994) than effects on humans and manmade structures. During the last intercongress period (2007-2011) the focus area also incorporated an archaeoseismic view to the study of historic and ancient earthquakes by means the joint-initiative with the IGCP-567 Project on Earthquake Archaeology. At the moment three INQUA-IGCP International workshops have been celebrated in the ancient roman city of Baelo Claudia (2009, Spain), the Corinth Gulf (2011, Greece) and Morelia (2012, Mexico). A fourth International workshop will be held in October 201e in the city of Aachen (Germany) under the direction of Klaus Reicherter and Christoph Grüztner (RWTH).

External webs pages.

Proyects webs pages.

pdfDownload ESI-2007 Scale

ESI-07 divulgative

ESI-07 Chart (divulgative)


Programme International Seminar on Environmental geohistory and landscape evolution in the Atlantic mountains

Earthquake Geosurvey 1.1 - Android-based application.The first version of the android-based application, called Earthquake Geo Survey 1.1, for documenting earthquake environmental effects (EEE) is available in Google Play ready to be installed in your smart-phone or tablet.

First Circular. 4th INQUA International Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archaeoseismology, Aachen (Germany). 9th-15th October, 2013.

PostDoc position in Quaternary Research/Paleoseismology, Lisboa, Portugal. A postdoctoral position (one year) is open at ICIST-IST under the framework of the project FINDER (Fault Investigation with LiDAR for Earthquake Reassessment) funded by the Portuguese National Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT/MCTES). Applications should be sent to Glenda Besana-Ostman ( or Patricia Pinheiro (


Focus Area Organization and Structure


leaders group

Pablo G. Silva (President)
Dpto- Geología, Universidad de Salamanca.
Escuela Politécnica Superior de Ávila
C/Hornos Caleros, 50. 05003-Ávila, Spain

Luca Guerrieri (Vice President)
Geological Survey of Italy
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, ISPRA
Via Vitaliano Barncati 48, 00144, Roma. Italy
Phone: +39-0650074781

Klaus Reicherter (Vice President)
RWTH Aachen University
Inst. für Neotektonik und Georisiken
Lochnerstr. 4-20, 52056 Aachen, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)241-8095722


Raúl Pérez López (Scientific Secretary)
Geological Survey of Spain
Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (IGME)
Área Investigación en Riesgos Geológicos.
Ríos Rosas 23, 28003 Madrid, Spain

Christoph Grützner (Young scientist’s networking)
RWTH Aachen University
Inst. für Neotektonik und Georisiken
Lochnerstr. 4-20, 52056 Aachen, Germany

Jorge Luis Giner Robles (Web master)
Departamento de Geología
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)
Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain

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