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Three new observatories to keep a tab on seismic activities in Gujarat

Vadodara, India – Earthquake of any magnitude in Gujarat can be scrutinised if everything works fine with the seismograph being installed by the Institute of Seismological Research (ISR). Keeping in view the January 26, 2001 earthquake, the ISR is in the process to install three Multi-Parametric Geophysical Observatories (MPGOs) at Kutch, which will be a first of its kind in India.

MPGOs will have different geophysical data sets, information about current earthquakes and catalogues of quakes in different states, and Geographical Information System-based (GIS) intelligent earthquake hazard maps.

B K Rastogi, Director General, ISR said: “MPGOs are being installed to examine every minute seismic activity in the Kutch-Bhuj region. This system currently exists only in the Himalayan ranges. Gujarat is the first Indian state to acquire this kind of a system. Each MPGO will cost nearly Rs 20 crore.”

ISRC, which is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is also working on to set up around 64 seismographic centres across the state.