India part of international efforts on early-warning system for earthquakes

India part of international efforts on early-warning system for earthquakes

Indian scientists are working with those from several other nations on an international effort to develop an early-warning system for "prediction" of earthquakes in order to take preventive steps.

India is part of the effort involving scientists, geophysicists, and seismologists of 27 countries to develop the system. The system could give a warning few seconds before the earthquake strikes. Indian authorities are also planning to launch a satellite to track the changes that take place on earth's surface before the earthquakes.

Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, ShaileshNayak said, "If the effort is successful and the model is developed, we could reduce the number of human casualties substantially.Before earthquakes, some chemical changes under the earth's surface and some physical displacements on the surface occur and hoped if parameters are developed to observe, study and analyse these changes, the quakes can be predicted."

Nayak also said that the country is planning to launch a satellite by 2019 that will collect and transmit images of the surface changes before an earthquake. He was speaking on the topic, 'Combating Earthquake Disasters' in Kolkata. He also said that the they will put deep bore-wells filled with sensors and other equipment in place in all seismically-active regions in the country in order to record chemical and physical changes under the earth's surface.


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