Government of Japan donates seismic alert systems

Cdn_Gringo

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From today's DR News:

Government of Japan donates seismic alert systems
Japan Ambassador Hiroyuki Makiuchi announced that Japan has donated equipment valued in RD$61 million to the Dominican government that will serve to alert several communities of the danger of flooding, landslides due to heavy rains and earthquakes. The equipment will be delivered in March 2018.

The first system is 10 seismic stations that will be installed in San José de Ocoa, Barahona, Santo Domingo, Independencia, Hato Mayor, Dajabón, Puerto Plata, Santiago and La Vega.

A second group of earthquake accelerometers will be installed at the building where the National Geological Service (SGN) is located. The equipment will serve to monitor activity of the geologic faults in the north and south of the country and variations and river rainfall levels of 20 rivers.

Ambassador Makiuchi said the equipment would serve to prevent disasters such as that which occurred on 24 May 2004 when flooding caused by intense rivers caused many deaths in Jimaní.

The director of the Servicio Geológico Nacional, Santiago Muñoz Tapia, explained the equipment would assist agencies to assess the vulnerability and risk factors of several areas in the country in order to make recommendations to prevent disasters.

http://www.do.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_es/NP2014SGN.html


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Russell

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This is great news... always nice to see new technology at work.
Especially here in RD.
Russell
 

Cdn_Gringo

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In this day and age, there is no excuse for an island country the size of the DR, in hurricane alley, not to have it's own weather radar coverage island wide even if it is not the latest doppler technology. TV stations stateside have their own, what does this govt spend all its money on year after year?