IIT-Roorkee to set up warning system in seismic-prone cities

PUBLISH DATE 12th September 2017

IIT-Roorkee is looking to deploy an early earthquake warning system across all cities and towns in seismic-prone north India where people can be alerted about impending powerful tremors a few seconds in advance through sirens.

The institute has already started installing sirens in select cities in earthquake-prone Uttarakhand after successfully completing its pilot project.About 100 sirens will be installed at public places in Dehradun and Haldwani. “The institute has now been in touch with the UP government for setting up required sensors and sirens,“ said M L Sharma, department of earthquake engineering, IIT Roorkee.

As part of its pilot project, IIT-Roorkee had deployed 84 sensors in seismic region of Garhwal Himalayas.

“We are deploying it for the first time for public use,“ said Sharma, who is also the principal investigator.

As many as 29 cities and towns, including Delhi and capitals of nine north and north-eastern states, fall under `severe' to `very severe' seismic zones. Most are in Himalayan region, one of the most seismically active regions.