Kazakh President Tokayev tasks to revise approaches to seismic safety

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Under the chairmanship of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, a meeting on ensuring seismic safety took place in the city of Almaty. Attending the meeting were the management of the Presidential Administration, Security Council, government members, mayors and governors, as well as the heads of emergency situations departments, Kazinform News Agency cites the press service of Akorda. 

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Addressing the meeting, the Kazakh Head of State pointed out that one-third of territory of Kazakhstan is earthquake-prone. Over the past five years, the country’s seismological stations have recorded over 45 thousand earthquakes, mostly, low-magnitude quakes.

The Kazakh President pointed out that the meeting’s main objective is not to criticize but to take concrete solutions.

For instance, many people did not have alarming suitcases. This must be taught to children at kindergartens and schools. Such an experience already existed in Almaty, and it should be revived. As of now, the system of preparing citizens for emergency situations do not meet the requirements. The authorized bodies need to conduct comprehensive awareness-raising work among the population. Regular trainings at educational facilities and government bodies need to be conducted. This very important work must begin immediately, stated Tokayev.

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The Kazakh President’s speech addressed in detail the readiness of the evacuation infrastructure and alarming systems.

The alarming system needs revision and to be geared towards practical needs. Technical means need to ensure everyone is timely informed. This time, SMS notifications came late. There were also those who spread fake information during the earthquake. Those who spread panic among people need to be held accountable in accordance with the law, said the Kazakh Head of State.

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The President condemned the weak logistical equipment of the alarming and emergency response systems. This concerns the seismic monitoring network as well as provision of rescuers with modern equipment and technology.

There are 70 seismological stations (in Almaty, Shymkent, and 12 regions) of the National Scientific Center of Seismological Monitoring and Research, of which six are not operational. According to the estimates of specialists, the country needs additional 285 seismic stations. In case of a destructive earthquake, the state material reserve will have a significant role. This earthquake needs to serve as a lesson and work on mistakes needs to be done, said Tokayev.

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The Kazakh Head of State stressed that the civil defense system of Almaty was not ready for the quake, and the competent bodies failed to withstand the test.

In 2021, by joint order of the seven ministries the set of measures to increase the efficiency of the work to ensure seismic safety for 2021-23 was adopted. It also provided for introduction of an automated system of early earthquake alarming for Almaty city… It is most likely that 27 thousand seismic trainings and 2.5 thousand seminars conducted over this period across the country ended up useless, said Tokayev.

 

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Tokayev instructed the government developing the 2024-28 Comprehensive plan for development of seismic sector to revise approaches to ensuring seismic safety.

Addressing the meeting were also Emergency Situations Minister Syrym Sharipkhanov, Almaty Mayor Yerbolat Dossayev.

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