Probability of a catastrophic quake in Baku increased sharply and continues to grow
Baku, Fineko/abc.az. The Institute of Geology of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (AMEA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded started in 1998 the study of geodynamic situation in Azerbaijan. The most "fresh" fact was the deformation of the crust in the north of the Kura lowland (southern slope of the Greater Caucasus) and south of the Absheron Peninsula (Baku).
Institute’s director and AMEA vice-president Akif Alizadeh has stated that a lot of stress, concentrating around Baku, accumulates in these areas.
"If this process continues, the risk of earthquakes in the coming years will increase," Alizadeh emphasized.
Earlier, the Institute reported of the growth of the probability of a catastrophic earthquake in the area of Shamakhi. In this regard, the Institute intends to expand monitoring of seismic situation.
"We have 36 GPS stations, and in Japan there are thousands of such stations. To increase the accuracy of forecasts, there is a need to increase the number of stations, and wee are going to do that," Alizadeh said.
The last catastrophic earthquake in Azerbaijan (Zagatala) happened on 7 May – earth tremors reached 7 points.
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