More than $1 billion pledged for post-earthquake recovery in Albania

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The international community has pledged $1.25 billion to help Albania recover from a devastating earthquake during a European Union-led donors’ conference in Brussels. 

“UN agencies have joined forces in developing and implementing the recovery measures based on the sectoral needs as identified by the Government,” said Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, Director of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS.

The pledges are expected to cover the country’s reconstruction needs following the November 2019 earthquake, which was the strongest to hit Albania in more than 30 years and killed 51 people.

The aftermath of the earthquake also increased the poverty rate by 2.3 per cent and hit more than one per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), with 220,000 people or 10 percent of the country’s population being affected.

A post-disaster needs assessment undertaken by the European Union, the United Nations, the World Bank and Albania appealed for € 1.08 billion from international donors to rebuild vital infrastructure such as houses, schools, and businesses.

That amount will also fund an upgrade in the country’s disaster preparedness.

Ms. Spoljaric called for transparency in the recovery effort and urged the Albanian Government to streamline its disaster preparedness, as the country being the most vulnerable to disasters in Europe.

She further added that a strong recovery programme would provide sound foundations for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Albania.

A fost actualizata lista imobilelor din Bucuresti ce risca sa se prabuseasca in cazul unui cutremur

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349 de cladiri din Bucuresti sunt incadrate in clasa I de risc seismic (constructii cu risc ridicat de prabusire la cutremurul de proiectare corespunzator starii limita), conform AMCCRS – Administratia Municipala pentru Consolidarea Cladirilor cu Risc Seismic – care a publicat pe site lista actualizata a imobilelor expertizate tehnic din punctul de vedere al riscului seismic.

Lista imobilelor expertizate tehnic a fost actualizata pe 7 ianuarie a.c.

De asemenea, 368 de imobile (cu 2 mai multe fata de actualizarea anterioara) au fost incadrate in clasa a II-a de risc seismic (constructii care sub efectul cutremurului de proiectare pot suferi degradari structurale majore, dar la care pierderea stabilitatii este putin probabila), iar in clasa a III-a (care include cladiri care, sub efectul cutremurului de proiectare, pot prezenta degradari structurale care nu afecteaza semnificativ siguranta structurala, dar la care degradarile nestructurale pot fi importante) se afla 114 cladiri (+1).

Can one earthquake cause a cascade of more?

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY Matthew Blackett & Coventry University HERE

Europe isn’t a region well known for intense seismic activity, but large earthquakes do happen. In 1953, a devastating 6.8 magnitude quake struck the Greek Ionian Islands. Though these large events tend to be the exception rather than the rule, a flurry of significant earthquakes struck the Balkans on November 27 2019, with epicentres in Bosnia, Albania and Crete. Geologists are worried that these events might gain momentum, with larger and more destructive events imminent.

Should residents be worried? The Balkans – a region stretching from Croatia to mainland Greece, and the Greek islands to the south – has a very complex geology. The whole region is tectonically active due to compression of the Earth’s crust further north and subduction – when one tectonic plate moves under another – to the south. Each process plagues this part of the world with frequent, though usually small, tremors.