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UTEP geologists to study earthquakes in Mexico

UTEP geologists to study earthquakes in Mexico
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:05am

Geologists at UTEP are preparing to take seven seismometers to the Mexican State of Chihuahua after a swarm of 112 earthquakes was recorded in the past 50 days.

The earthquakes’ epicenters are concentrated between the cities of Delicias and Parral.

UTEP students Francisco Torres, Victor Avila and Azucena Zamora, as well as professors of geological sciences Hector Gonzalez-Huizar, Ph.D., and Aaron A. Velasco, Ph.D. will collaborate with researchers from the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ), the Autonomous University of Chihuahua (UACH), and the State of Chihuahua Civil Protection Service (Coordinación Estatal de Protección Civil).

Currently the State of Chihuahua – the largest state in Mexico by area – has few seismic stations that allow for an appropriate analysis of the frequency of local and regional earthquakes. 

The UTEP researchers are expected to leave Monday, Oct. 21. The installation of the seismic stations is estimated to last about two weeks.

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