Turkmenistan improving earthquake-proof construction
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Oct. 11
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Turkmenistan is improving the seismic zoning maps and is putting stricter requirements on earthquake-proof construction, said an article by a specialized research institute of the Turkmen Construction and Architecture Ministry.
“The achievements of Turkmen scientists in this field were possible due to the improvement of calculation methods, the use of new materials and development of earthquake-resistant structures,” reads the article.
A big raw materials and production source is being created in Turkmenistan for industrial construction using dune sands, production waste and other local materials used in earthquake-proof construction.
The institute is currently dealing with the issues related to the improvement of methods of calculating the seismic load of buildings, obtaining new building materials from local raw materials and constructing earthquake-proof structures using them, as well as improving durability and reliability of structures.
Complying with the construction standards in Turkmenistan is obligatory for reconstructing, rebuilding and designing new facilities.
Turkmenistan sits on a seismically dangerous zone. Ashgabat was hit by a major earthquake on October 6, 1948, which led to numerous casualties.