Kazakhstan is dedicated to enhancing seismic safety

Kazakh Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov signed a comprehensive development plan for the seismological industry for 2024-2028 on July 5.

According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s press service, the plan outlines a broad array of measures aimed at bolstering Kazakhstan's seismic safety. Key initiatives include the development of 15 seismic zoning maps, designed to predict 70% of earthquake sources in vulnerable regions. These maps will serve as the basis for certifying buildings and structures in these areas, as well as for establishing new construction standards.

Certification will pinpoint the most susceptible construction sites, allowing for targeted efforts to mitigate seismic risks through measures such as reinforcement, equipment protection or relocation, and repurposing. The initiative also entails the installation of 285 new seismic stations and the refurbishment of 70 existing stations. This infrastructure will significantly enhance the ability to forecast seismic hazards in the Almaty Region and other high-risk parts of the country.

Additionally, the plan includes tighter controls over construction practices, improved monitoring techniques, and the provision of modern equipment and technical resources to seismology experts. These efforts are aimed at fortifying the protection of citizens, buildings, and critical infrastructure in Kazakhstan's earthquake-prone regions, which encompass approximately 40% of the nation's territory.(Source:astanatimes)

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