Guyana to consider setting up seismic monitoring centre

An assessment team, including Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Robeson Benn (1st, l) and CDC’s Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig (2nd,r) observe a hole created by the earthquake. (Photo via DPI)

—consultations to be held with UG, Trinidad and CDEMA

(Department of Public Information) The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) plans to consider setting up Guyana’s first permanent seismic monitoring station to strengthen the nation’s capacity to study underground events that can lead to earthquakes.

This was revealed during a Zoom conference hosted by the CDC on Thursday to provide updates on the installation of equipment to monitor seismic activity at four sites in Region Nine. 

Each site captures seismological data on the 5.7 magnitude earthquake that rattled sections of the South Rupununi on January 31 last.

Major Salim October, the CDC’s acting Preparedness and Response Manager, said the entity would be “working closely with the University of Guyana as well as the seismic research centre in Trinidad and CDEMA [Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency] with the aim of exploring possibilities for us setting up our own seismic centre here in Guyana.”

Major October underscored that considerations to install a fixed monitoring station would hinge on the availability of funding and may be among long-term plans. 

Read more at: Department of Public Information

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