New Delhi: In a first of its kind project, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee will install ‘early earthquake warning’ systems across major cities in north India.
The project, which is a part of the overall research being conducted by the institute in the field of Earthquake Engineering, is an extension of the existing pilot project being conducted in the Himalayan region. The location of the institute acts as an added advantage when it comes to working on seismology.
When the pilot project started in 2015, IIT Roorkee became the first institute to set up 84 sensors in the seismic gap region of Garhwal Himalaya with the help of the Ministry of Earth Sciences. These on-site sensors stream data in real-time to a computer server at the institute, using the networks of BSNL and SWAN ( network of Uttarakhand government).
“The data is being processed for issuing a warning for magnitude six and above earthquakes. Sirens, connected to the server, have been fitted within the campus of IIT Roorkee to warn of an impending high-magnitude earthquake in the region. This project was successfully completed in March 2017,” said an official of IIT Roorkee.
The Uttarakhand government sanctioned a project to IIT Roorkee to maintain the early earthquake warning systems, and install 100 additional sensors covering Kumaun region, besides installing sirens in State Emergency Operation Centres (SEOC) at Dehradun and all district headquarters of Uttarakhand, and another 100 sirens in Dehradun and Haldwani.