Earthquake early warning sytems installed in PaK

TARIQ NAQASH

Muzaffarabad, Jan 30: A German non-governmental organisation formally handed over the control of six earthquake early warning systems to Pakistan administered Kashmir's  State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) here on Wednesday.
 Malteser International had installed these costly systems in Ali Akbar Awan Boys High School and Girls High School Madina Market in the municipal area of Muzaffarabad and Koomikot and Phagwan Dupatta villages in the suburbs of state capital. In the neighbouring Bagh district, one system was installed in Boys High School in the city of Bagh and another in Kharal Abbasian village.
 Before that, warning sirens were sounded at 11:30 with a view to familiarising people with its distinct tone, which organisers said could be heard in a radius of 2.5 kilometres.
 The audience were told by Amy Louise Keith, project director of Malteser International, about the utility of the system but stressed that more steps were required to be taken to mitigate the losses in the event of such calamities.
 The earthquake early warning, she said, could provide a few seconds to tens of seconds warning (through sirens) before ground shaking during an earthquake.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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