Uzbekistan Implements Seismic Safety Measures Amid Growing Construction Demand

Uzbekistan's President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has taken decisive steps to enhance the seismic resilience of buildings and construction projects in response to heightened demand for development in earthquake-prone regions.

President Mirziyoyev signed a resolution titled “On measures to increase the seismic strength of buildings and construction facilities and improve monitoring works.”

Effective June 1 of this year, stringent regulations will be implemented concerning the seismic robustness of medical facilities taller than 5 floors and buildings exceeding 9 floors in regions susceptible to earthquakes measuring higher than 8 on the Richter scale.

Furthermore, as of July 1, it will be compulsory to install automatic monitoring devices for structural support in constructions earmarked as category III-IV in terms of seismic danger.

Another crucial requirement, starting June 1, mandates the installation of automatic gas and electricity line blocking systems in buildings constructed within areas classified as III-IV in terms of seismic risk.

Moreover, until July 1, efforts will focus on restoring existing structures that fail to meet quality standards.

Under the resolution, commencing May 1, monthly presentations of seismic risk assessments and earthquake forecasts will be made to local authorities. Concurrently, each region will establish a volunteer group dedicated to aiding rescue efforts during significant earthquakes.

Additionally, an association of engineer-scientists specializing in seismic studies will be established to further bolster Uzbekistan’s preparedness for seismic events.




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