TEHRAN, June 6 (MNA) -- Deputy Science Minister Reza Mansuri said here Sunday that although earthquakes are bound to occur in Iran, quakes cannot be accurately predicted anywhere in the world.

For nearly 20 years Tehran has been facing a serious earthquake threat and that is why efforts have been made to construct quakeproof buildings and monitor construction processes, the deputy minister of science, research and technology for research affairs told the Pars News Agency.


Responding to claims made by Dr. Mohammad-Reza Rahimitabar from the Department of Physics at Sharif University about the likelihood of a major earthquake hitting Tehran in the near future, Mansuri explained the method used by Dr. Rahimitabar to predict earthquakes is only reliable over a short time period of about several minutes.


He said that Rahimitabar’s method therefore needs to be tested for several years. The data on a Russian method used to predict earthquakes are also inconclusive, Mansuri asserted.






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