European Seismological Commission

In Memory of George Purcaru


 Memories of a friend 

A while ago, unexpectedly, I heard the sad news that George Purcaru, with whom warm and friendly feelings connected me, died on October 24, 2016. For the first time, I met George in August 1980 in Budapest at the 17th General Assembly of the ESC. He showed interest in my report. We were both very young, you might say, beginning seismologists, looking for your own way in science. This was the first ESC GA I attended. Later we often met at scientific conferences of different levels. Our communication was closest since 2000, when George invited me to make review algorithms and precursors for the forecast of strong earthquakes at the symposium where he was a convener at the 27th General Assembly of the ESC in Lisbon. We began to make contact more often (usually George called me in Moscow by phone), to submit joint proposals for holding symposia. Then there were several years of teamwork in the ESC working groups related to earthquake prediction studies. George worked actively. All the time, new ideas arose in his head. He read well in Russian and often asked me and my Russian colleagues to find and send him articles of Russian scientists. Last time we met with George at the General Assembly of the ESC in Moscow in August 2012. To the ESC GA in Istanbul in 2014 he could not come, and I convened our joint symposium alone there.

George was a good man. Let him remain so in our hearts. May he rest in peace!

 Prof. Alexey Zavyalov











From the Working Groups:

The Portal of the ESC WG on Communication can be found here

The FAULT2SHA Working Group, formally approved by the European Seismological Commission, at the 35th General Assembly in 2016, promotes a new initiative, open to all researchers interested in contributing to discussions on topics that could improve the assessment of seismic hazard.

Futher information is available here.

If you would like to join the Fault2SHA WG, follow this link.

First announcement:

ESC WG Fault2SHA 3rd Workshop: Role of scaling laws and fault interaction

Barcelonnette (F), May 2-4, 2017

The workshop is financially supported by the CEREGE (F), IRSN (F) and OGS (I).

FURTHER INFORMATION can be found here

The Working Group on Induced Seismicity is organizing as its second activity a special session 'Induced Seismicity - The European Perspective' at the annual meeting of the SSA. Please have a look at Forthcoming events. 


What were the past General Assemblies of the ESC like? Find out! Interesting documentation has been made easily accessible.

This list summarizes the files.


Sadly we announce the loss of esteemed and beloved colleagues and friends:



blog on the L'Aquila Appeal trial in Italy.
The last hearing took place on 10 November 2014.