[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 170 (Friday, August 31, 2012)]
[Page 53225]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21602]



 Geological Survey


National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council (NEPEC)

AGENCY: Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to Public Law 96-472, the National Earthquake 
Prediction Evaluation Council (NEPEC) will hold a 1\1/2\ day meeting on 
September 17 and 18, 2012, at the U.S. Geological Survey National 
Earthquake Information Center (NEIC), 1711 Illinois Avenue, Golden, 
Colorado 80401. The Council is comprised of members from academia and 
the Federal Government. The Council shall advise the Director of the 
U.S. Geological Survey on earthquake predictions, on the completeness 
and scientific validity of the available data related to earthquake 
predictions, and on related matters as assigned by the Director. 
Additional information about the Council may be found at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/aboutus/nepec/.
    At the meeting, the Council will receive briefings on: ongoing and 
planned work with social and behavioral scientists on improving hazard 
and risk messages; development of a strategic plan for operational 
earthquake forecasting including calculation of short-term aftershock 
probabilities; discussions with emergency managers and other decision-
makers about their needs for earthquake information, scientific 
evaluations, and hazard and risk forecasts; status of the project 
intended to deliver an updated Uniform California Earthquake Rupture 
Forecast (UCERF3); and on the delivery of near-real-time earthquake 
information by the NEIC.
    A draft meeting agenda is available from the Executive Secretary on 
request (contact information below), and will be posted to the web site 
(above) when finalized. In order to ensure sufficient seating and hand-
outs, it is requested that visitors pre-register by September 13, 2012. 
Members of the public wishing to make a statement to the Council should 
provide notice of that intention by September 13 so that time may be 
allotted in the agenda.

DATES: The meeting will be held at the USGS National Earthquake 
Information Center on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines, 1711 
Illinois Avenue, in Golden, Colorado 80401. The meeting will commence 
in the early afternoon of Monday, September 17, 2012, and continue the 
following day, beginning at 9 a.m. and adjourning at 4 p.m. Times are 
approximate. Guests are encouraged to contact the Executive Secretary 
for a copy of the agenda and instructions for parking and locating the 
meeting room.
    Contact: Dr. Michael Blanpied, Executive Secretary, National 
Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council, U.S. Geological Survey, MS 
905, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192, (703) 648-
6696, Email: [email protected].

    Dated: August 28, 2012.
David J. Newman,
USGS Federal Register Liaison.
[FR Doc. 2012-21602 Filed 8-30-12; 8:45 am]