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Experts' quake research cash.

EXPERTS at Durham University are embarking on research into increasing resilience to earthquakes in rural areas of Nepal. The scientists from the Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience will also seek to understand community perception of earthquake-related hazards in these areas.

The research, which has received funding of pounds 29,616 from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will look at two communities in Nepal.

The study will identify factors that increase vulnerability of rural communities to seismic hazards and look for solutions or coping strategies to enhance resilience to earthquakes.

Dr Alexander Densmore of Durham University said: "The string of devastating earthquakes over the last few years has served as a wake-up call. What we're trying to do is to bridge the gap between scientific and local knowledge."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:9NEPA
Date:Nov 30, 2010
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