Abstract

The Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) System plays a primary alerting role for global earthquake disasters as part of the U.S. Geological Surveys (USGS) response protocol. PAGER monitors the USGSs near real-time U.S. and global earthquake origins and automatically identifies events that are of societal importance, well in advance of ground-truth or news accounts. Current PAGER notifications and Web pages estimate the population exposed to each seismic intensity level. In addition to being a useful indicator of potential impact, PAGERs intensity/exposure display provides a new standard in the dissemination of rapid earthquake information. This paper provides an overview of the PAGER system, both of its current capabilities and ongoing research and development. Specifically, this paper summarises the underpinning models and datasets developed to improve PAGER exposure and impact modules. These include: global site-response models, enhanced earthquake source and loss databases, the Atlas of ShakeMaps and population exposure catalogue, and a global building inventory. The use of these methods and databases are demonstrated using the USGSs response to the 12 May 2008 Wenchuan, China, earthquake. Finally, we comment on the potential use of PAGER tools and databases for improved near real-time earthquake alerting in Australia.
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2009

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risk assessment
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Earth Sciences

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2009-09-15

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