ANSS Warned of Possible Earthquake

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Head of Armenian National Seismic Service Sergey Balasanian said that he had sent a letter to the Armenian government warning of a possible earthquake five days prior to the November 25 earthquake that took place in Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku and some parts of Turkey.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or collapsed buildings–but phone lines in Baku were down. According to Turkey’s Kandilli observatory–the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.1 at its epicenter in the southeastern Caspian Sea–near Turkmen’stan and northern Iran. As the Caucasus Mountains lie in an area of frequent seismic activity–earthquakes are common in the area.

Balasanian said that the National Seismic Service detected a small tremor of the earth on early November 25–but was unable to send any information to other countries as the Armenian Service has no appropriate agreemen’s on providing such information.

According to Balasanian–the aftershocks of the Baku quake will continue for at least another six months.

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