3,000 earthquakes across world recorded by Armenian Seismic Agency this year

3,000 earthquakes across world recorded by Armenian Seismic Agency this year

YEREVAN, September 23. /ARKA/. The Armenian emergency ministry’s seismic agency has recorded 3,000 earthquakes across the world for nine months of this year, Ashkhen Tovmasyan, the head of the agency, said on Monday.  

She told journalists that the agency has managed to identify the quakes’ parameters, including localization and strength.

Tovmasyan said that of the total number of the shocks recorded all over the world, 12 were felt in Armenia. Their strength didn’t exceed three or four degrees on Richter scale.

Four of the quakes were aftershocks of the earthquake in Iran, and other quakes’ epicenters were on the areas near Armenia’s borders with Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The 6.6-degree earthquake in Iran killed 300 people.

Armenia, along with Georgia, Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan, is located in one of the most active seismic zones of the Alps and Himalayas.  

Experts say that frequent light shocks and tremors let off the accumulated energy and lessen probability of strong earthquakes.

The latest shock in Armenia was recorded in near Amasia, Shirak, on September 20. It was a three-degree quake. ---0----

17:02 23.09.2013

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