IAEA Establishes International Seismic Safety Centre
3 October 2008 | The IAEA today officially inaugurated an international centre to coordinate efforts for protecting nuclear installations against the effects of earthquakes. The International Seismic Safety Centre (ISSC), which has been established within the IAEA´s Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, will serve as a focal point on seismic safety for nuclear installations worldwide. ISSC will assist countries on the assessment of seismic hazards of nuclear facilities to mitigate the consequences of strong earthquakes. "With safety as our first priority, it is vital that we pool all expert knowledge available worldwide to assist nuclear operators and regulators to be well prepared for coping with major seismic events," said Antonio Godoy, Acting Head of the IAEA´s Engineering Safety Section and leader of the ISSC. "The creation of the ISSC represents the culmination of three decades of the IAEA´s active and recognized involvement in this matter through the development of an updated set of safety standards and the assistance to Member States for their application." To further seismic safety at nuclear installations worldwide, the ISSC will:
- Promote knowledge sharing among the international community in order to avoid or mitigate the consequences of extreme seismic events on nuclear installations;
- Support countries through advisory services and training courses; and
- Enhance seismic safety by utilizing experience gained from previous seismic events in member states.