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armenpress: ARMENIAN SEISMOLOGISTS WARNS OF A POSSIBLE MAJOR QUAKE

ArmenPress

Jan 14 2004

YEREVAN, JANUARY 14, ARMENPRESS: Armenian seismologists warned today that a new powerful earthquake may hit the region in the next 12 months following the deadly December 26 tremor in Iranian city of Bam that has claimed an estimated 30,000 lives. They said the area that may be hit by a new quake encompasses the South Caucasus, Turkey, Central Asia, Pakistan and Iraq.

Sergey Balasanian, the president of Armenian Association of Seismologists and Earth Physics, told a news conference that there are clear indications of a new wave of seismic activity traveling across the region. One of them was a January 8 quake, measured 4.6 points on Richter scale that occurred some 500 km north of Bam. He said Iranian officials are considering moving the capital city from Tehran to another city less prone to earthquakes.

Balasanian called on the government to take urgent measures
to strengthen seismic protection and restore Seismic Protection Service’s former status when it was a government-affiliated body, equal to a ministry. Last year the government decided to merge it with the Emergency Department.

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