September 21, 2021

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Uttarakhand CM launches India’s first earthquake early warning mobile app developed by IIT-Roorkee

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Uttarakhand CM launches India’s first earthquake early warning mobile app developed by IIT-Roorkee
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Uttarakhand CM launches India’s first earthquake early warning mobile app developed by IIT-Roorkee
Uttarakhand CM launches India’s first earthquake early warning mobile app developed by IIT-Roorkee

NEW DELHI: Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Wednesday launched the country’s first early warning mobile application which can alert users before an earthquake.
The path-breaking application is called ‘Uttarakhand Bhookamp Alert’ and has been developed by IIT Roorkee.
During the launch of the lifeguarding application at the secretariat Dhami told media that people should be informed about such an app as Uttarakhand is quite susceptible to earthquakes.
The project was sponsored by the Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority.
Following are the salient features of the app:
1. The application uses a Earthquake Early Warning (EEW), a real-time earthquake information system that can detect the onset of the earthquake.
2. It can issue warnings before significant tremors take hold of an area.
3. The app can also help to tell the location of people trapped inside a structure following an earthquake.
4. It disseminates information regarding the occurrence of an earthquake, as well as the expected time of arrival and intensity at the tremor location to prevent any loss of life.
5. It is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms, and is available in two versions.
IIT-Roorkee further explained in its press release that the physical basis for an earthquake early warning system is the speed of the seismic waves, which propagate after the release of stress from faults movement.
“The strong ground shaking is caused by shear waves which travel at about half the speed of the primary waves and much slower than electromagnetic signals. The EEW system exploits this advantage,” said an official at the institution.

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