Caribbean and Central America earthquake Risk Assessment (CCARA) project

The Caribbean and Central America (earthquake) Risk Assessment is an eighteen months project coordinated by the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) and supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The project aims to calculate hazard and risk, and to estimate the compounding social and economic factors that increase the physical damage and decrease the post-event capacities of populations to respond to and recover from damaging earthquake events in The Caribbean and Central America, by involving local experts from throughout the region.


The goal of the Program in Central America and the Caribbean is to develop capacity in the region for earthquake risk assessment by leveraging GEM tools and resources, to enhance the understanding of earthquake risk, and to bridge the gap between risk assessment and disaster risk reduction.

  1. To improve the understanding of earthquake risk in the Central America and Caribbean region while developing local capacities to use open source resources for producing earthquake hazard and risk information at regional, national and local scales.
  2. To engage with decision-makers and other end-users to make the connection between advanced risk assessment by local experts and risk-reducing action and so influence DRR policy.


The project mainly revolves around 3 work packages: hazard, physical risk, socio-economic vulnerability and integrated risk. Each work package is carried out by a variety of experts/scientists from the region, in collaboration with the project coordinators and, where relevant, the GEM Secretariat.

Physical Risk
Social vulnerability and integrated risk
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