In Tajikistan, seismologists registered three earthquakes in a month. Employees of the Committee for Emergency Situations are now explaining to schoolchildren how to behave during tremors. Explanatory talks are held in educational institutions. Abubakr Fayzulloev, correspondent of MIR 24, attended the security lesson.
“One, two, three – an earthquake!” – it only seems from the outside that the children are playing hide and seek. In fact, they work out the skills of behavior during tremors and natural disasters. Rescuers are sure that in a playful way it is easier to remember that you should not panic, approach the windows, and it is best to hide under the table.
“I didn’t know how not to be afraid of earthquakes. Today the rescuers came and explained everything to us. Now I am not afraid,” says 4th grade student Dilrabo Gulmakhmadova.
After talking and answering questions, the rescuers invited schoolchildren to an exhibition and showed the equipment used during emergency situations and natural disasters.
“The purpose of this event is for children to increase their knowledge about natural disasters, cataclysms that can occur on the territory of the republic. So that they are ready for all cases, they know what to do if an earthquake occurs,” emphasizes Tojiddin Rakhmatov, an employee of the Committee for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Seismologists of the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan annually record about 2,000 earthquakes of varying intensity in the republic. More than 90% of the country’s territory is occupied by mountains, and tremors are a common occurrence. Experts also remind that faults in the earth’s crust also lead to earthquakes.
“Indeed, the discharge of an earthquake is, as it were, a reflection of the life of the Earth itself. In places where there may be dangerous seismic phenomena, the voltage in the earth’s crust is discharged. This contributes to the fact that seismicity is maintained at some average level, ”says Arshed Karimov, head of the laboratory for integrated seismological and geophysical research at the Institute of Geology and Earthquake Engineering and Seismology of the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan.
The last strong earthquake in the country was registered in March in the Gorno-Matchinsky district in the north of the republic. At the epicenter, the strength of the shocks was 5-6 points. As a result, 30 houses were partially damaged. Local authorities provided the necessary assistance to all the victims.