Dehradun: To minimize the damage caused by earthquakes in the hill state, Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul has stressed upon the implementation of an earthquake early warning system (EEW).

Paul was speaking at a seminar organized by the Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation & Management at Raj Bhawan on Wednesday.

The EEW technology -- being introduced for the first time in the country -- will enable experts to analyze primary waves and send early warnings to densely-populated areas about an impending earthquake.

Once the EEW is implemented, cities can be alerted within 25 seconds to 80 seconds about the possibility of an earthquake -- Delhi might be intimated before 75 seconds, Roorkee before 30 seconds and Dehradun 20 seconds in advance.

The seminar was attended by the chief secretary, DGP, senior officials of the disaster management department, besides Prof Ashok Kumar and Ajay Gairola from IIT, Roorkee, which is running a pilot project of EEW at Uttarkashi and Joshimath.

Giving information, Prof Kumar said, "EEW is a three-year project and will be completed by June 2016. Around 60 centres where data and software is framed are almost ready."

Courtesy: Times Of India

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