Published: 2023-02-08 21:59
Last Updated: 2023-03-27 19:04
Jordan drew up a National Building Law and mandatory design for buildings in case of earthquakes that the Kingdom started implementing in 1980, the head of the Council of Engineering Offices Abdullah Ghosheh said Wednesday.
He told Roya's Nabd Al-Balad that it is not scientifically possible to predict when earthquakes will occur.
He pointed out that Jordan has witnessed several earthquakes in the past and has developed an "earthquake code" and divided the Kingdom into four main zones.
The zones are the Dead Sea region, followed by Ajloun, Irbid, and western Amman, then eastern Amman, and finally Ruweished areas.
Ghosheh stressed the need to inspect buildings that were built before 1979, saying that buildings in Jordan are safe except in cases of faulty human intervention.
He pointed out that the percentage of stone and concrete buildings in the Kingdom is 57 percent, and that in the event of an earthquake, these buildings can better withstand earthquakes.