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MEGE 2018 begins ----2018-05-13

Sharing experiences with the world to resist catastrophic geohazards in the strong earthquake area

On the morning of May 12, 2018, the 5th MEGE (International Symposium on Mega Earthquake Induced Geo-disasters and Long-term Effects) was held at our lecture hall to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Wenchuan Mega Earthquake. Focusing on how to improve the ability to resist catastrophic geohazards in the strong earthquake area, Wang Sijing, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and more than 350 top experts from 13 countries (regions) such as China, Britain, Japan, Germany, carried out a heated discussion. Meanwhile, Huang Runqiu (vice minister of Ecology and Environment Ecology and Environment and director of SKLGP), Chen Fang (vice chairman of Sichuan People's Political Consultative Conference), Lin Shixiong (director of Civil Engineering and Development Department of Hong Kong), and Gong Hao (president of CDUT) addressed in the opening ceremony.

 

 

Conference scene

 

In the opening ceremony, Huang said that although Wenchuan Earthquake occurred ten years ago, the geohazards induced by the earthquake still trouble the local society. For instance, in the old Beichuan County and Yingxiu Town, many debris flows triggered by rain and flood damaged embankments and main roads and diverted rivers, which greatly affected the reconstructions in earthquake stricken areas. Over the past ten years, our lab has been committed to the study on the geohazards induced by Wenchuan Earthquake as well as their prevention and control. We have obtained a great many research results which supported the reconstruction in Wenchuan. Our independent research project--Geohazards Assessment and Prevention of the Wenchuan Earthquake won the first prize of National Science & Technology Progress Award, and Atlas of Wenchuan-Earthquake Geohazards (English Version) co-compiled by SKLGP and ITC was published. Huang Runqiu said passionately: “Wenchuan Earthquake caused a heavy loss of fresh and precious lives. We should draw lessons from this catastrophic disaster, and fully explore and study all scientific laws conveyed in this mega earthquake, so as to prevent geohazards as much as possible, as well as to reduce the loss of life and property.

 

 

Huang Runqiu gives a speech.

 

Then, president Gong Hao made a welcome address. “This symposium would fully displayed the research achievements got by the scientists all over the world.  Gong said, CDUT was glad to provide the platform for all experts to exchange and share experiences. 

 

 

President Gong Hao makes the welcome address.

 

In Wenchuan Earthquake, the Hong Kong government actively offered supports in rescue and disaster relief. Hong Kong people have always concerned about Sichuan compatriots.Lin Shixiong said, Hong Kong, like Sichuan, is characterized by complicated terrain and heavy rainfall. It is troubled by geohazards such as landslides and debris flows. With years of efforts, his department stepped forward in landslide study. At last, Lin hoped that he can exchange ideas with the participants and share experience with them.

 

 

Lin Shixiong gives a speech.

 

Vice chairman Chen Fang expressed his gratitude to all experts for their supporting to this symposium. He said, In the past ten years, governments at all levels have invested hundreds of billions of yuan to prevent and control more than 2300 geohazards. Chinese and foreign experts have participated in the disaster reduction and disaster prevention in the disaster stricken areas, which greatly supported the reconstruction there. With your help, these areas have stood up from the ruins. But there is a long road to disaster reduction and disaster prevention. We should adhere to it unremittingly.

 

 

Chen Fang gives a speech.

 

In order to enhance the cooperation among government-industry-college-research, at the end of the opening ceremony, a strategic cooperation framework agreement was signed among SKLGP, Sichuan Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources, Sichuan Coalfield Geology Bureau, and Non-ferrous Metals and Nuclear Industry Geological Exploration Bureau of Guizhou. The four sides will cooperate in mine exploration, geohazards prevention and assessment, geoenvironment protection, etc.

 

 

Signing ceremony

 

This symposium was jointly hosted by SKLGP and Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering. During this meeting, the following aspects would be focused:

 

1.Advances in research on the triggering and development of co-seismic landslides and debris flows

 

2.Long-term initiation and evolution of landslide and debris-flow hazards

 

3.Post-earthquake monitoring and analysis for hazard early warning and design of mitigation measures

 

4.Susceptibility, hazard, and risk assessment for rehabilitation and land-use planning in earthquake-struck areas

 

5.Resilience to earthquake-induced landslide risk

 

6.Geological disaster risk and engineering construction in meizoseismal area

 

This symposium consisted of three-day reports and two-day field trips. The former included 84 academic meetings and starting meetings for state key R&D projects. During the two-day field trips, these experts would investigate Xinmo village, Diexi town, old Beichuan town, earthquake museum, new Beichuan town, etc.

 

Meanwhile, a lot of international top experts and many government leaders attended the opening ceremony.

 

 

Experts listens to a speech.

 

 

Exchange after the ceremony 1

 

 

Exchange after the ceremony 2

 

State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection

 

May 12, 2018