Four quake monitoring centres

MUSCAT: The Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) Earthquake Monitoring Centre has embarked on implementation of the first phase of the Strong Motion Seismic Network which is includes earthquake monitoring stations distributed all over the Sultanate. The first phase involves setting up of four stations in Mad’ha, Daba, Khasab and Muscat, and a survey is on to select suitable locations for the quake centres which will be set up in public parks, and final locations will be decided in the middle of April. All these centres will be equipped with solar panels.

The was stated by Dr Issa al Hussain, a centre director who told Oman, sister publication of the Observer, that the project costs an estimated RO 250,000 adding that a committee was formed to follow up the project starting from March 15. The new centres will provide true assessment of seismic activity and scale meaning that there will be no need for mathematical equations. The technicians will be provided with maps of the places of the strongest activity in the event of earthquake. The first four centres are expected to be completed by the end of this year.


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