Four Armenia’s Die in Tbilisi Quake

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Head of the National Service of Seismic Protection of Armenia (NSSP) Sergey Balasanian said during an April 30 news conference that the 23-member Armenian delegation in Tbilisi were to forecast new tremors–examine the damaged buildings and provide information to residents.

According to Balasanian–Armenian specialists have equipped Swiss stations in Tbilisi–which make it possible to receive data. During the delegations stay–two seismic stations have been restored. Also–two members of the Armenian delegation have stayed in Tbilisi for further activities.

Since Georgia has no seismic service–it was the National Service of Seismic Protection of Armenia that provided Georgia with data on the earthquake. According to the data–the intensity of the earthquake was 6 points–and the magnitude 4.3–which–according to the head of the NSSP–is weak when no destruction are possible. Nevertheless–2,500 buildings have been damaged–and the Armenian specialists are now studying how fit the buildings are for living.

Four of the seven people who died in the Tbilisi earthquake were Armenia’s.

Balasanian pointed out the importance of adopting a law on seismic protection in Armenia–the bill on which is under the Parliament’s consideration now. After adopting the law in Armenia–the adoption of a similar law is also expected in Georgia.

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