The Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA), through the National Center for Seismological Research (CENAIS), and the US Department of the Interior, through the US Geological Survey (USGS), signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the cooperation in the exchange of information on seismic records and related geological information this afternoon of December 20.
This memorandum was signed by the First Deputy Minister of CITMA, Dr. Fernando González Bermúdez, and the Director a.i. of the US Geological Survey, William Werkheiser.
Said memorandum will facilitate the exchange of data and information so that both countries are able to be more accurate in locating and stating the geological conditions of seismic events taking place in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
During the signing of this legal instrument, Dr. Fernando González made emphasis on how this collaboration, that will also include joint seismological surveys and research, would allow to expand the scientific knowledge of the geodynamics of the region shared by our nations and contribute to a better assessment of the seismic risk and natural hazards that threaten both countries.
Dr. Bladimir Moreno Toirán, Director of the National Center for Seismological Research of Cuba, who also made remarks during the signing of the memorandum, stressed how the integration of the local seismological networks, with a real-time exchange of seismic records is essential to provide decision-makers and the public in general with a fast and reliable information. This topic is of vital importance to Cuba and the United States since both countries face common challenges with regard to seismology.
(Cubaminrex-Embacuba Estados Unidos)