New Seismic Stations Installed in Dominica
The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) working in collaboration with the Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad has installed two new seismic stations on Island.
This is in an effort to update and increase seismic and volcanic monitoring in Dominica.
Mandela Christian, Programme Officer and Engineering Geologist at the ODM stated, the new seismic stations were installed in “Au Jean” in the heights of Salisbury and at the Police Traffic Department Building in Roseau.
He noted these are important as we are no strangers to volcanic and seismic hazards in the Caribbean especially in Dominica.
Upgrades were done to the Morne Daniel and Scotts Head stations.
Lloyd Lynch, Research Fellow in Instrumentation at UWI stated, the equipment will also aid in enhancing the tsunami monitoring and alerting capabilities in the Caribbean.
He noted, this project was funded by the European Union (EU), with similar projects also carried out in Antigua, St. Lucia and Carriacou.
Lynch explained that the data collected by the seismic stations is uploaded to three receiving points – the Seismic Research Center in Jamaica, and the Volcano Observatories in Martinique and Guadeloupe.
This is important he said, as whenever there are extreme events capable of generating tsunamis, terrestrial type communication will be severed such as underwater fibre optics, hence the reason data is sent via satellite links.
The system is powered by solar panels, making it independent and immune to power outages.