Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) of Syiah Kuala University conducted its 16th Seminar Series on September 20, 2017 in Banda Aceh. The seminar took place at the second floor of TDMRC Unsyiah office in Ulee Lheue-Banda Aceh.
The topic of the 16th Seminar Series was on “Investigation of Active Fault of Seulimuem Segment, its potential impacts on Banda Aceh”. Two TDMRC researchers presented their works during the seminar which was attended by around 80 participants from various institutions/organizations. The presenters were Dr. Muksin Umar (head of Geohazards Research Cluster) and Ibnu Rusydy M.Sc (Geohazards Resercher). The seminar was officially open by Head of TDMRC, Dr. Khairul Munadi.
Dr. Muksin Umar presented on the potential earthquake generated from the Seulimuem Segment in Sumatra Island. The potential earthquake can be observed from earthquake waves recorded from the segment. Dr. Muksin and his team have deployed a set of seismometers around Aceh to map the location of the fault in Aceh Province and other tectonic activities.
The second presenter, Ibnu Rusydy. M.Si, elaborated the vulnerability of Banda Aceh to earthquake generated from earthquakes from Aceh and Seulimuem Segments. The first earthquake model was developed based on earthquakes magnitude 7 Mw, 6.5 Mw, and 6 Mw from Aceh Segment. The second earthquake model was developed based on earthquake magnitude 6.5 Mw generated from the Seulimuem Segment. Based on the models, building shaking responses were computed for almost all buildings in Banda Aceh. Based on the shaking responses, potential damages and potential human casualty were calculated. The analysis shows that
Kuta Ala sub-district is the most prone sub-district to the damages and casualty due to the earthquake. The second most earthquake prone sub-district is Syiah Kuala, and the third is Baiturrahman sub-district.
A number of questions and suggestions were gathered from participants. Among the suggestions were asking TDMRC to disseminate the information to a larger audience and community, suggesting TDMRC to compose a policy brief and to use social media to increase community’s preparedness toward the earthquake.
The seminar series are aimed at communicating TDMRC research results to communities and other interest audiences. In a year, TDMRC conducted between 4-6 seminars which mostly focus on disaster researches and outreaches. Dr. Khairul Munadi, the head of TDMRC, highlighted in his remarks that as the motto of TDMRC is ‘Communicating Science – Enhancing Resilience’, therefore the seminar is only one of those ways to implement the motto. Other ways, such as direct engagements within communities and government stakeholders are also conducted. TDMRC is highly committed to work with many parties and stakeholders in order to create a more disaster resilient country and the region.