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Artsakh Seismologists Present Findings At International Conference

Americans For Artsakh Organization Sponsors Their Participation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2004
Contact: Sarah Ludwig
info@AmericansForArtsakh.org

WASHINGTON, DC — Two seismologists from Nagorno Karabakh recently participated in the "2004 Disaster Resistant California" international conference in Sacramento, CA. The Executive Director of the Eastern Department of the National Survey for Seismic Protection Boris Petrosyan along with the Departmentís Head of Foreign Affairs Naira Hambardzumyan represented Artsakh in the conference, which was attended by more than 500 seismologists from around the world. The Americans for Artsakh (AFA) Organization sponsored the participation of Karabakh seismologists in close cooperation with both the NKR Foreign Ministry and NKR Office in the United States.

"We are extremely appreciative of the Americans For Artsakh organization for their support," said Boris Petrosyan. "This conference allowed us to share our experiences in Artsakh with many of our international colleagues. As a result, we gained valuable information that will be applied to upgrade our systems."

Petrosyan and Hambardzumyan presented a report along with the results of their extensive research on the psychological impact of severe earthquakes. Their findings emphasized the importance of preparing the public to be resilient in times of crisis in order to better address the challenges of such disasters. The panel discussion that followed underscored the importance of addressing both the emotional as well as the physical needs of those affected.

The seismologists from Artsakh, in talks with their counterparts from around the world, discussed ways to increase cooperation. Some of the California seismologists provided Petrosyan with literature, software and other digital products dealing with forest fires, regional information, conduct of the population during seismic threats and other materials on up-to-date technologies.

The Eastern Department of the National Survey for Seismic Protection currently works with seismological centers in Russia, Greece, Georgia, and Azerbaijan as well as Japan and Iran. During a recent interview with the Azat Artsakh daily newspaper Petrosyan noted that the participation of the Artsakh delegation demonstrated that the Artsakh Seismic Department was entering a new phase of international cooperation.

"With Artsakh excluded from virtually all U.S. and internationally sponsored educational and development programs, the Americans For Artsakh organization is making education one of its top priorities," noted AFA President Zaven Khanjian. "We are delighted that our support enabled the Seismic Department of Artsakh to participate in this important conference. On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Americans For Artsakh, I would like to express our gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Arsene Baran, Mr. & Mrs. Vahan Bezdikian, Dr. Nazareth Darakjian, Mr. and Mrs. Moses Moses, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Tufenkian, who provided additional funding for this endeavor."

Americans for Artsakh is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established to preserve freedom, strengthen democracy, foster economic development, protect the cultural identity and promote the heritage of the people of Artsakh.

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