Monday, November 21, 2005

Half of the buildings in Tehran will demolish in case of an earthquake

Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
In a conference entitled β€œA study of threats and prevention of the aftereffect of a Tehran earthquake” it was announced that in view of the construction and building situation in the city of Tehran, an estimated 640,000 buildings, equaling to half of the buildings in Tehran would demolish in the event of a 6.5 to 7 Richter scale earthquake. The study also concludes that approximately 1.5 million lives would also be lost and the country would face a massive crisis.

The Deputy for development of the municipality of Tehran said: ”An earthquake is a national catastrophe which will sustained irreparable damage for generations to come. We have a $250,000 budgets for fortifying office building and educational institutions, infirmaries and hospitals which is nothing and this goes to show just how trivially and lightly the issue of the an earthquake is being regarded here.”