Devastating earthquake in Armenia

Devastating earthquake in Armenia

Of course, you are afraid; otherwise, you are poorly informed about the problem. Do you know that in the report of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery organization (2009) Armenia was ranked to be the first among all countries on vulnerability to earthquakes? The consequences from a possible earthquake may be particularly dire in Yerevan, where, by some expert estimates, in case of earthquake magnitude as in Haiti (2010) or in Spitak (1988), about 80% of all buildings will collapse. A possible strong earthquake in Yerevan will have destructive consequences for our State, forcing many people to leave Armenia and making almost impossible the future restoration of the country and the Capital. We have seen the "rebuilding" after earthquake in Spitak that is already lasting for 21years, and follow the reconstruction process after earthquake in Haiti. The conclusion is the one- despite the huge funds allocated, it is almost impossible to organize recovery work in the chaos resulting from the earthquake. Even in the Rosy Scenario of the reconstruction, anyway, we can not refund hundreds of thousands of lives lost. What are we waiting for?

Especially today, we need to restructure almost all of our hospitals and schools, governmental and residential buildings. They were all built without observing new earthquake resistance standards. In case the government has no enough financial resources for large-scale nation-wide restructuring program, it is essential to start with at least one earthquake-proof hospital!!!

Natural disasters are raging in the world much more frequently, making it harder and harder to confront them, while the assistance of states is not unlimited. All interested persons are welcome to leave comments and share thoughts on this issue, and be conscious of the problem and do everything possible to resolve it.