Seismological station to come up at Amaravati

Monday, February 12, 2018

National Geophysical Research Institute Chief Scientist D.Srinagesh said today that it was prepared to set up a seismological station in Amaravati if the government is so desire.

He said though quakes could not be predicted, a study of the quakes however weak they might be, was essential to draw risk maps to facilitate planning in constructing buildings and creating infrastructure, particularly in a city like Amaravati which is being built from scratch. ‘Earth quakes with an intensity of just 5 on the Richter scale took place in Ongole and Bhadrachalam in 1960s and there have since been no quakes of such magnitude but it should not be a cause of complacency, he said.

Speaking to media persons along with Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Sciences Data and Information Management Group Head E.Pattabhi Rama Rao after a meeting on Analysis and Evaluation of Earthquakes in the STte with officials of the AP State Disaster Management Authority in its premises, Srinagesh said the State had nine seismological stations including at Polavaram and Mylavaram which disseminate data real-time to the NGRI which could come up with its findings within 15 minutes of a quake.

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