The government plans to add 35 more earthquake observatories by the end of this year and 100 more by 2026, said Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (independent fee) for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences on Saturday.
“… let me add here that India already had 115 earthquake observatories and we plan to open 35 new observatories by the end of this year and add 100 more later by 2026,” he said.
Noting that the country had only 115 earthquake observatories since independence, he said there will be a quantum leap in the number of earthquake observatories in the country, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the helm.
He said that the Indian subcontinent is considered one of the most disaster prone areas in the world in terms of earthquakes, landslides, cyclones, floods and tsunamis, and recalled the great earthquakes of Shillong (1897), Bihar-Nepal (1934), Assam (1950), Bhuj (2001), Kashmir (2005), Sikkim (2011) and Manipur (2016).
He spoke at the opening ceremony of the Joint Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) – International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior (IASPEI). The (virtual) event is hosted by the NGRI (National Geophysical Research Institute), Hyderabad.
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