About 70 percent of Armenia’s residential buildings are at risk in event of a major earthquake, says the republic’s top authority on seismic science.
Speaking at a press conference today (December 7) on the anniversary of the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, Alvaro Antonyan, Director of the National Seismic Protection Service, warned that Armenia’s predominantly-soviet era buildings could not withstand a quake stronger than 7 on the Richter Scale. (The Spitak Earthquake was 6.9)
In Round 4 of the women’s Basketball Euro League revived Yerevan club Hatis lost to division leader Athinaikos 87-79 before a standing-room-only crowd at Mika Sports Auditorium in Yerevan.
The back-and-forth game was a moral victory of sorts for the home club (2-2 in league play), considering that in their first meeting the Greeks trounced the Armenians by more than 51 points (105-54).
Forty Armenian troops will be deployed to Afghanistan in February 2010 for service as part of a German peacekeeping brigade, commander of the Armenian peacekeeping brigade Artur Simonyan told reporters Thursday.
Before the start of the mission, a group of Armenian military experts will pay a visit to Afghanistan in January to inspect the conditions for the Armenian deployment on the ground. The Armenian contingent consisting of 40 infantry will take necessary training in Germany before leaving for a six-month mission in one of the world’s most violent spots where NATO has waged a US-led campaign since 2002.
All tickets for an upcoming Euro League basketball game featuring a revived Yerevan club have been sold out, and there is still a demand for more, an Armenian basketball boss said at a press conference Wednesday.
“We even asked the staff at the Mika sport hall, the venue of the game, to provide an additional 250 chairs (in addition to already unavailable 1,160). But this still may prove not enough for all who wish to attend as the interest in the game is very high,” said Hrach Rustamyan, the Basketball Federation president.
Journalists gathered today with great anticipation to hear Armenian Football Federation president/oligarch Ruben Hayrapetyan defend himself against disparaging comments from the head of the National Olympic Committee/Prosperous Armenia political party boss/National Assembly Deputy/oligarch Gagik Tsarukyan.