[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 210 (Wednesday, October 30, 2013)]
[Page 64973]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25616]



Geological Survey


National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council (NEPEC)

AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to Public Law 96-472, the National Earthquake 
Prediction Evaluation Council (NEPEC) will hold a one-and-a-half-day 
meeting on November 4 and 5, 2013, at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 
in Menlo Park, California. 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 proposed 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 several briefings on the 
history and current state of scientific investigations of earthquake 
processes in and around the San Andreas fault near the town of 
Parkfield in central California, and will be asked to advise the USGS 
on priorities for instrumentation and scientific investigations in the 
future. The Council will also hear updates on past topics of 
discussion, including work with social and behavioral scientists on 
improving hazard and risk messages; development of improved methods for 
calculation of short-term aftershock probabilities; USGS collaborative 
work with the Collaboratory for Study of Earthquake Predictability 
(CSEP); status of an updated Uniform California Earthquake Rupture 
Forecast (UCERF3); and on the delivery of near-real-time earthquake 
information by the National Earthquake Information Center (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 contacting the 
Executive Secretary by November 1. Members of the public wishing to 
make a statement to the Council should provide notice of that intention 
by November 1 so that time may be allotted in the agenda.

DATES: The meeting will be held in Building 3 of the USGS campus at 345 
Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, California. The meeting will commence in 
the early afternoon of Monday, November 4, 2013, and continue the 
following day, November 5, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and adjourning 
at or before 4:00 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: mblanpied@usgs.gov.

    Dated: October 21, 2013.
Michael Blanpied,
Designated Federal Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-25616 Filed 10-29-13; 8:45 am]