Earthquakes do not threaten Moscow, but the town is an ancient rift

Moscow is located in a seismically safe natural environment, so the earthquake in the metropolitan area can not be, but the city is on an ancient fault, so you can not completely eliminate the risk, according to seismologists.

"The Moscow region is one of aseismic regions, that is, natural earthquake here … can not be", — said the director of the Geophysical Service RAS Alexei Malovichko Tuesday RIA Novosti at a round table dedicated to the 33rd General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission.

He noted that the capital can reach waves from earthquakes in other regions.

At the same time, the Secretary General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG / IUGG) Alik Ismail-Zadeh said that the U.S. has a large area in New Madrid (Missouri), which was an aseismic, but in the early 19th century there was magnitude earthquake around 7.

"New Madrid" sitting "as a town on the ancient fault. And if you look at Moscow, it is" sitting "on a very ancient fault. Obviously, we do not know," earn "this fault or not, but it is. This potential things … in theory (earthquake) is possible, "- said the scientist.

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