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International workshop "The modern geodynamic situation on Azerbaijan Republic and the problems of geological hazards in the areas of oil and gas infrastructures"


The workshop titles "The modern geodynamic situation on Azerbaijan Republic and the problems of geological hazards in the areas of oil and gas infrastructures" had been carried out in the Geology Institute of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (GIA). The results of joint scientific studies between the Geology Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technologies (MIT) on the seismic hazard in Azerbaijan, performed during 13 years, had been presented at the session. The intermediate results of collaboration in the field of geodynamics, seismology, mud volcanism of Caucasus and Azerbaijan in particular had been discussed during the workshop.


The experts and representatives from the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, Ministry of Emergency, Ministry of Ecology and Mineral Resources, bp-Azerbaijan company, etc. had participated at the workshop.


It should be mentioned that GIA and MIT, started the monitoring in 1998, had created 36 points for periodic measurements; 3 monitoring stations for constant measurements had been developed in the cities Baku, Sheki and Neftchala.


The workshop session had been opened by speech of the director of Geology Institute, academician Akif Alizade.




Two presenters were from the American side: Dr. Robert Reilinger and Dr. Sadi Kuleli. As Mr. Akif Alizade mentioned, generally the activation of seismic-geological processes had been recorded for the last 10 years within the Earth.








This activation also covers the territory of Azerbaijan. This process takes place repeatedly, the traditionally the seismic activity sometimes increases, sometimes decreases. "Over 30 digital seismic stations, as well as over 30 stations recording the horizontal movements of the Earth, 3 stationary stations had been installed within Azerbaijan, and if necessary the mobile stations are installed in various places. Traditionally the seismic active zones in Azerbaijan are Shemakha and Ismailli, but strong earthquakes are not expected in Baku and within Absheron peninsula because there is a thick sedimentary cover which damps the seismic vibrations" mentioned Akif Alizade.


The American colleagues had presented the results of studies of seismic activity in Azerbaijan, Iran and adjacebnt states.