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Earthquake Education in Central Asia

Geology for Global Development and Intrepid Explorers hosted Solmaz Mohadjer, founder of earthquake-education charity ‘Parsquake’, on Thursday 29th October for a special documentary viewing and discussion. 

Parsquake is an organisation working to develop, implement, improve and distribute earthquake education packages all around Central Asia, particularly Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. Solmaz Mohadjer, a seismic hazards researcher at the University of Tübingen (Germany), is the Founder of Parsquake.

Following some brief introductory remarks, we viewed a documentary made by Solmaz called 'Between Bulls and Mosquitoes - Earthquake Education in Tajikistan'. Bruce D. Malamud (Professor of Natural and Environmental Hazards at King's College London) and Solmaz then shared some reflections, with Solmaz answering a range of questions on topics such as working in Central Asia, seismic hazards, indigenous knowledge of natural hazards and communicating to build resilience.