Earthquake building code in force since 1993 — official

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AMMAN — Secretary of the National Building Council Jamal Qutaishat said that Jordan’s earthquake building code has been in force since 1993, and was updated in 2009, according to local media outlets.اضافة اعلان

"Residential buildings are monitored by the Jordan Engineers Association, and building plans must be designed by engineering offices, in accordance with local engineering codes," he stated

Jordan’s building codes are specifically designed to make buildings earthquake resistant, Qutaishat said. Furthermore, concrete code for Arab countries includes specifications to ensure the safety of buildings, taking into account the number of floors.

Specialized teams operate in all governorates of the Kingdom to follow up on the safety of construction operations, he added.

The Kingdom has also been divided into seismic zones based on risk of earthquake impact, which is determined by their proximity to the Jordan Rift Valley, he added.

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