Coun­try hit by about 4,000 earthquakes in 2018

Azer News - - Country Guide - By Narmina Mam­madova

CThere­fore, Azer­bai­jan is con­sid­ered to be a seis­mi­cally ac­tive re­gion – a lot of earthquakes oc­cur here ev­ery year, how­ever, ma­jor­ity of them are not felt.

About 7,000 earthquakes were recorded in 35 seis­mic teleme­try sta­tions in Azer­bai­jan this year, the Repub­li­can Cen­ter for Seis­mo­log­i­cal Ser­vice of ANAS said in its an­nual re­port, Re­port in­formes.

About 4,000 of them are earthquakes in Azer­bai­jan and ad­ja­cent ter­ri­to­ries, about 3,000 are dis­tant earthquakes.

As many as 3,346 earthquakes were recorded on the ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan, the strong­est of which oc­curred in June in Za­gatala with a mag­ni­tude of 5.5.

This earth­quake in the epi­cen­ter was felt at six points, in the vicin­ity 3-4 points.

The re­port also pro­vides de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about seis­mic ac­tiv­ity in the coun­try dur­ing the year, the state of the earth­quake sources, the mech­a­nisms of earthquakes oc­cur­ring, etc.

The seis­mo­genic zones with po­ten­tial to pro­duce dan­ger­ous force cover the whole coun­try, as the Alpine-Hi­malayan seis­mic belt passes through Azer­bai­jan. Strong and cat­a­strophic earthquakes that took place sev­eral times in this area from an­cient times till now caused huge de­struc­tions.

Cur­rently, more than 35 seis­mic sta­tions are es­tab­lished in Azer­bai­jan with the lead­ing sta­tion in the Aca­demic Town of Baku. The sta­tions are con­nected to the satel­lite sys­tem. In ad­di­tion, it is planned to in­stall an ad­di­tional five sta­tions on land.

By the way, sci­en­tists from the Univer­sity of Colorado at Boul­der and the Univer­sity of Mon­tana (U.S.) pre­dicted a year ago that in 2018 the fre­quency of earthquakes with a mag­ni­tude of more than seven points would in­crease al­most twice, and it would hap­pen be­cause of the de­cline of Earth's ro­ta­tion speed, re­ported MIGnews re­fer­ring to for­eign me­dia.

Sci­en­tists stud­ied the strong earthquakes that oc­curred since 1900. Seis­mic in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion pe­ri­ods be­gan about five years af­ter the slow­down of the Earth’s ro­ta­tional speed reached a max­i­mum. About 4.5 years have passed since the last de­cel­er­a­tion of the Earth’s ro­ta­tion.

There is not much time left be­fore the de­brief­ing and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the sci­en­tists’ pre­dic­tions, but it must be ad­mit­ted that the out­go­ing year was in­deed rich in se­ri­ous and even de­struc­tive earthquakes...

He said that the top ten in­cludes Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran (227,745), Saudi Ara­bia (68,073), Pak­istan (66,755), Tur­key (56,546), In­dia (52,759), United Arab Emi­rates (43,402) Is­rael (37,949), Turk­menistan (34,044), Great Bri­tain (31,147) and Ger­many (23,195), Re­port in­formed.

Nif­taliyev noted that start­ing from May 15, 2018, ASAN visas were is­sued at the air­ports with in­ter­na­tional sta­tus un­der the De­cree of Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev "On im­prove­ment of the process of is­su­ing visas to the for­eign­ers and state­less per­sons at the in­ter­na­tional air­ports of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan".

Elec­tronic visa is a doc­u­ment for a sin­gle en­try, which de­ter­mines the pe­riod of stay in the coun­try up to 30 days. Stan­dard and ex­press elec­tronic visas are avail­able.

Elec­tronic visas are is­sued only to the cit­i­zens of the coun­tries, ap­proved by the For­eign Min­istry of Azer­bai­jan, and state­less per­sons per­ma­nently re­sid­ing in this coun­try.

Also, the ASAN Visa sys­tem of­fers the is­suance of group visas to for­eign cit­i­zens. Group ap­peals are pro­vided for a min­i­mum of two, a max­i­mum of ten peo­ple.

Cur­rently, the por­tal is avail­able in nine lan­guages: English, Rus­sian, French, Span­ish, Ara­bic, Per­sian, Ger­man and Ital­ian.

For­eign­ers and state­less per­sons, who wish to re­ceive an e-visa, must en­ter in­for­ma­tion into the sys­tem of "ASAN Visa", and af­ter re­ceipt on ac­cep­tance of con­fir­ma­tion pay on­line a state fee in the amount pre­scribed by law "On state duty".

The sys­tem of "ASAN Visa" sends the ap­peal to the in­ter­a­gency au­to­mated re­trieval sys­tem "En­try-exit and reg­is­tra­tion". The rel­e­vant ex­ec­u­tive au­thor­ity ver­i­fies the in­for­ma­tion not later than three days from the time of ap­peal in "ASAN Viza", checks re­stric­tion list of the "En­try-exit and reg­is­tra­tion".

Then a visa is sent to the e-mail ad­dress of the con­tact per­son. In case of fail­ure the per­son is also in­formed.

The elec­tronic visas are not stuck in the pass­port but pre­sented to­gether with the pass­port while cross­ing the border check-point. For­eign­ers and state­less per­sons may ap­ply for a new e-visa only af­ter they will leave Azer­bai­jan.

Only cit­i­zens of 95 coun­tries (or per­sons re­sid­ing in th­ese coun­tries) can ob­tain an elec­tronic visa. The list of coun­tries, which can be found in this link, is ap­proved by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of Azer­bai­jan.

Azer­bai­jan ap­plied elec­tronic visa in or­der to make the process of ob­tain­ing the en­try doc­u­ments cheaper and quicker. To­day for­eign­ers can ob­tain elec­tronic visa within three work­ing days via "ASAN VISA" sys­tem in three steps (ap­ply, pay­ment and down­load).

Elec­tronic visa is is­sued to cit­i­zens of the coun­try, which are ap­proved by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan and state­less per­sons per­ma­nently re­sid­ing in those coun­tries.

At present, elec­tronic visas are is­sued for for­eign­ers and state­less per­sons through ASAN Visa sys­tem at the Baku, Ganja, Ga­bala and Lankaran in­ter­na­tional air­ports.

The terms of is­su­ing and us­ing elec­tronic visas through the ASAN Visa sys­tem were de­vel­oped jointly with the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and State Agency for Pub­lic Ser­vice and So­cial In­no­va­tions un­der the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan. This step was taken for the pro­mo­tion and devel­op­ment of tourism in Azer­bai­jan.

ASAN Visa por­tal de­signed to sim­plify a pro­ce­dure for is­su­ing visas to for­eign­ers and state­less per­sons wish­ing to visit Azer­bai­jan, as well as to en­sure im­me­di­acy and trans­parency of this process, was pre­sented to the pub­lic in 2016.

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