Email: Muhammad Qaisar
Phone: +92(51)207 7384
Earthquake Studies Department was established in Islamabad, Pakistan after the Muzaffarabad earthquake of October 8, 2005. The main functions of the department are:
The Global Network for the Forecasting of Earthquakes (GNFE) was established in 2008 on the basis of ICEP (International Cooperation for Earthquake Prediction) Program Agreement signed by governments of a number of countries and international organizations.
The main purpose of GNFE is short-term earthquake prediction and prompt warning of Global Network member states about predicted strong shocks.
In 2003 came the discovery of a principally new physical effect of three-dimensional gravitational field variation sensed at huge distances (1000 km to 10000 km away from the epicenters) before strong earthquakes. This effect laid the foundation for creating a principally new physical instrument, a PCT patented torsion detector of three-dimensional gravitational variations. On the basis of the said detector, ATROPATENA earthquake forecast station was developed and made, which automatically and independently registers three-dimensional variations of the gravitational field and transmits that information to the Central Database. Since then, newest modifications of the ATROPATENA station have been deployed in Baku (Azerbaijan), Islamabad (Pakistan), Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Istanbul (Turkey) and Kiev (Ukraine) and integrated into the unified GNFE network.
GNFE participating countries (ATROPATENA station owners) presently include Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkey and Ukraine.
GNFE President is Professor Elchin Khalilov, Vice-President of the International Academy of Science H&E, WOSCO Vice-President, Russian academy of natural sciences and IAS academician, Doctor of geological-mineralogical sciences. GNFE Vice-President is Professor Vitaly Starostenko, Director of the S.I.Subbotin Institute of Geophysics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, NANU academician, Doctor of physical-mathematical sciences.
GNFE Central Headquarters – secretariat is situated in London, UK. Its Central Database is in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The production center of the ATROPATENA earthquake forecast stations is in Istanbul, Turkey.