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The center of Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction /Earthquakes Engineering Unit at An-Najah University and the National Agency for Disaster Risk Mitigation (NADRM), in cooperation with the local council of Beit -Anan and Ae’ed charitable society, organized a scientific day for the people of Anana, Al-Qbeiba girls school, and nearby town s and villages.
The scientific day started with a visit to Al-Qbeiba school for girls where a purposeful discussion took place with the students and the teachers about precautions of earthquakes and reducing their risks, in the context of producing a creative research project by the students themselves to come up with innovative means to reduce the risks of earthquakes. After that, Dr. Jalal Al-Dabbeek answered the inquiries which revealed great seriousness and interest in the subject of the side of the attendance Then Dr. Dabbeek was introduced to the school's technological lab, where the principal Mariam Mansour elaborated on the foundation and evolution of the laboratory. Finally, Dr. Dabbeek received a gift in appreciation of his efforts.
After that, Dr. Dabbeek, director of The center of Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction /Earthquakes Engineering Unit at An-Najah University, and the vice President of the NADRM gave a lecture at Beit-Anan local council, which was attended by the former president of the NADRM, Wassif Orekat, Mr. Naji Jomhour, President of Beit Anan Local Council, Mousa Jamhour , the former director of education in Rammalh,, the principal and some teachers of Al-Qbeib girls school, policemen, council members, representatives of town establishments, and people interested from nearby towns.
In his lecture, Dr. Dabbeek talked about the earthquakes which are expected to occur in Palestine, and how the risks of natural disasters can in general, and earthquakes in particular, be reduced. He also discussed the factors which affects the size and level of losses, the risks hazards of earthquakes and other disasters, and the main elements for the management of these disasters, then he went through the important objectives and activities of the project seismic risk mitigation in Palestine (SASPARM), which the center is executing within the European projects of FP7, in cooperation with the European center for earthquakes engineering EUCENTRE and the Institute of Advanced Studies IUSS in Pavia, Italy.
The attendees were also introduced to earthquakes, how they occur and the elements and standards on which experts rely in studying the probability of earthquakes. They were also introduced to the areas of active ground faults in Palestine and the surrounding area, which are considered the focal areas for relatively strong earthquakes in the future.
The last part of the lecture tackled some models of architectural design used in many buildings in Palestine from which the point of view of earthquake engineering is considered not fulfilling even the minimum requirements to resist earthquakes. In addition, Dr. Dabbeek recited the manner of categorizing the probabilities of earthquakes striking buildings, and thus the determination of the potential damages and collapses, as well as running a quick evaluation of the damages after the disaster.
He also pointed out the mandatory earthquakes design procedures taken out by the Palestinian engineers union starting in 2014 as a result of the co-work with the center and the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Local Government.
He also recommended that the attendees continue with holding such purposeful activities, and to generalize the experience of the school and its students in pursuing the development of skills and abilities to reduce the risks of earthquakes; he also recommended communicating with the seismic risk mitigation in Palestine (SASPARM Project) and the NADRM through their websites for more information and guidance.