Struna-2 complex helps Russian Emergency Situations Ministry assess quake risks

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry experts have used the Struna-2 complex in the assessment of seismic stability of buildings and structures damaged by an earthquake in Nicaragua, ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky told Interfax on Tuesday.

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry experts have used the Struna-2 complex in the assessment of seismic stability of buildings and structures damaged by an earthquake in Nicaragua, ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky told Interfax on Tuesday.

"In the opinion of specialists, seismic activity may grow in the region and the modern mobile Struna-2 complex can help assess the risk of destruction and thereby provide the security of Nicaraguan citizens," Drobyshevsky quoted Andrei Kabanov, Deputy Director of the EMERCOM Agency for the Support and Coordination of Russian Participation in International Humanitarian Operations of the Emergency Situations Ministry, as saying.

More than 30 buildings shaken by a quake in Managua and Leon have been tested with the Struna complex.

"Working group members representing the all-Russia Research Institute of Civil Defense and Emergency Situations of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry have spent a month testing 36 facilities and exploring the soil the buildings were erected on, the degree of their depreciation and the stability of metal structures in the cities of Managua and Leon," Drobyshevsky said.

The ministry specialists presented the Struna-2 complex to Nicaraguan colleagues upon the completion of their mission.

The Nicaraguan government and army command praised the work of the Russian specialists and sincerely thanked the Russian government and the Emergency Situations Ministry for their help to develop and strengthen the Nicaraguan civil defense and emergency situations network.

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