Status: Ongoing

Increasing Natural Hazard Resiliency in Guatemala

This project aims toward increasing the geohazard resiliency and safety of the communities in Guatemala through implementing community-based educational workshops about earthquake and volcanic hazards, increasing Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología (INSIVUMEH)’s seismic and volcanic monitoring capacity, and reducing disaster response time by using the implementation of a regional seismic array consisting of low-cost “Raspberry Shake” 3C seismometer stations in Zacapa near the Motagua-Polochic fault system and significantly improve INSIVUMEH’s earthquake and volcanic monitoring infrastructure including Early Warning Systems (EWS).

Project partners

Hearts In Motion, Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología [The National Institute for Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala, Volunteer Fire Department (Guatemala)], The University of Tulsa, Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC), Universidad Rafael Landivar – Zacapa (Guatemala), Kentucky Geological Survey, Oklahoma Geological Survey, The Oklahoma University and Hocking College, Pennsylvania State University, Michigan Technological University and Bristol University.

UNSDGs addressed

SDG 4 (Quality Education for all) SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities) and SDG 17 Partnership for Goals