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PAGER one page report for the M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake of 2010

PAGER (Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response) is an automated system that determines the impact of significant earthquake, informing emergency responders, government and aid agencies, and the media of the scope of the potential disaster.

CAR Director Emily So spent two years at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC), in Golden, Colorado, as a Mendenhall Fellow helping to develop the casualty estimation component of the rapid loss estimation system.

PAGER produces a one-page report of the potential impact of an earthquake within 30 minutes of its occurrence. The system assesses earthquake impacts by comparing the population exposed to each level of shaking intensity with models of economic and fatality losses based on past earthquakes in each country or region of the world. Earthquake alerts – which were formerly sent based only on event magnitude and location, or population exposure to shaking – now are also generated based on the estimated range of fatalities and economic losses. The PAGER alerts have been used extensively by national and international disaster management agencies in their preparation and deployment of aid to affected areas since its publication in 2009.

This information is available on the USGS website and as a printable one-page report.

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