YEREVAN, Armenia, Oct. 9 (UPI) — Turkey’s closed border with Armenia is hampering completion of a project examining earthquake risk in both countries, researchers said.
The border has been closed since the Nagorno-Karabakh war that ended in May 1994.
Fault lines straddling the border are being studied by an international team of geologists, including Chuck Connor, who heads the University of South Florida’s geology department. The analysis began soon after the December 1988 earthquake in Gyumri, Armenia, which killed nearly 25,000 people.
Detailed research on the fault lines would reveal the earthquake risks for both countries,” Connor told the Hurriyet Daily News in a story published Friday.
“But our research is still unfinished,” he said. “We cannot cover an area only a few meters away at walking distances because of the border problem.”
The team hopes to convince politicians in Turkey and Armenia that science knows no boundaries, said Julia Crummy, student from the University of Leeds, England.
“It is not possible to comprehend or understand closed borders in this age,” Crummy said. “Problems can only be overcome through dialogue.”
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