Underestimation of seismic risks dangerous for Armenia – seismologis

Underestimation of seismic risks dangerous for Armenia – seismologist

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August 15, 2012 | 12:04

YEREVAN.- Underestimation of seismic risks may put Armenia in danger
of collapse, seismologist Vladimir Balasanyan told reporters on
Wednesday.

`In the past the problem was treated more seriously. The same attitude
it deserves now. Unless we study it thoroughly, we may occur in danger
of collapse,’ he said.

As Armenian News-NEWS.am reported earlier, four quakes measured 6.2 to
6.6 jolted Iran’s north-west near the Armenian border on Saturday

Earlier this year Armenia’s Ministry of Urban Development offered
technologies to raise seismic reliability of the buildings. The new
standards require seismic strengthening for over 20,000 buildings.
There are over 4,500 residential buildings in Armenia which can stand
only 7-point earthquake.

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