Turkmenistan develops cooperation with Japan in seismology

Turkmenistan Materials 13 July 2012 10:17 (UTC +04:00)

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 13 / Trend, H. Hasanov /

Seismologists of Turkmenistan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) prepared a joint project on "Technical Cooperation for improving seismic monitoring system to assess hazards in the area of Ashgabat city" in the field of seismology, as well as on reducing the potential damage as a result of earthquakes, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported on Friday.

On this project it is planned to install digital seismic stations with telemetering transmission of information that will greatly enhance the reliability of complex observations of geophysical, geochemical and hydrodynamic characteristics of the Earth crust in a continuous mode in the future.

Within the project it is planned to organize a center for collecting and processing data from seismic stations on satellite communication channel, as well as training of Turkmen specialists to work with new seismological complexes in Japan.

By installing the new digital equipment State Seismological Service plans to create a new network of seismic digital stations throughout the territory of Turkmenistan with telemetry, and in the future with satellite transmission of information that will greatly enhance the reliability and efficiency of obtaining and processing of seismic data.

Turkmen scientists also cooperate with colleagues from the United States, the Republic of Belarus, and Kazakhstan in the field of seismology within implementation of joint projects and programs.

Turkmenistan is currently experiencing a construction boom. Architectural complexes are being built throughout the country, most of them are high-rise buildings- residential buildings, government agencies, educational institutions and shopping malls.

The country is located in a seismic zone. On the night of Oct.6, 1948 Ashgabat experienced one of the most disastrous earthquakes of the 20th century, magnitude of which hit 10 points and caused many casualties.