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EMERCOM says no building in Sochi affected by recent earthquakes

December 31, 2012, 11:59 UTC+3

In addition to the Olympic facilities, the experts are also inspecting buildings, technical installations, and the coastal infrastructure

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, December 31 (Itar-Tass) – Initial results of a comprehensive inspection of buildings and installations in the Black Sea beach city of Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympic Games in 2014, have shown that the recent earthquakes there did not inflict any damage on them, the Southern territorial branch of the Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/ said Monday.

“Experts established in the course of a technical inspections, which aimed to troubleshoot the possible damage, that the population didn’t have any complaints,” the report said.

“Olympic facilities are being inspected to verify the structuralrigidity of buildings, the degree of wear and the presence of covert defects with the aid of the Struna /String/ mobile diagnostics unit.”

“Inspection of infrastructures has already been done on the Mountainous Olympic Village compound, and currently the experts are examining the elevators and administrative buildings at the Olympic village, but no irregularities have been found so far,” EMERCOM said.

All the works are done by the groups of specialists reporting to the North-Caucasus and Southern affiliations of the All-Russia Institute for Emergency Situations, as well as by operative groups of EMERCOM’s division in the Krasnodar territory.

In addition to the Olympic facilities, the experts are also inspecting buildings, technical installations, and the coastal infrastructure, the report said.

“No deficiencies have been found there either,” EMERCOM said.

A total of two earthquakes were registered in the Greater Sochi area in December.

All in all, six emergency situations caused by earthquakes with the magnitudes measuring three or more points on the open-ended Richter scale have been registered in the Sochi area in the past twelve years. They did not produce any destructions and did not claim human lives.

To inform the local residents on the seismic situation and the progress of inspections, special consultative offices have been opened. The residents can file requests there for inspecting the houses where they live.

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