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Oman to build seven earthquake stations

New construction works will see the country's network of quake monitor stations rise from 13 to 20.

Oman to build seven earthquake stations
QUAKE SIGNS: A meteorologist monitors the tsunami situation after a 8.8-magnitude quake struck Chile. Oman plans to increase its seismographic stations. (Getty Images)

Oman is planning to improve its earthquake monitoring system and is currently in the process of building seven new seismographic stations, an official from the Sultanate is reported as saying on Monday.

Dr Issa el Hussain, the head of Oman’s Earthquake Monitoring Centre at the Sultan Qaboos University, told the Oman Daily Observer newspaper that the new construction works will see the network of stations will increase from 13 to 20.

“We hope to bring the seven new stations into operation by mid-year. By the end of this year, we will have a total of 20 seismic stations, monitoring seismic activity in Oman and its surroundings, and also supporting the Tsunami Early Warning System under development at the Meteorology Department,” Hussain told the Observer.

Oman is also part of efforts to establish a Tsunami Early Warning System, which will be part of the 28 country Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWAS). This follows on from the tsunami in December 2004, which killed 230,000 in twelve Asian countries.

“The Earthquake Monitoring Centre is playing a key part in the implementation of a Tsunami Early Warning System for Oman. If the quake is detected under the sea, and generates vertical movement, it gives cause for issuing a tsunami warning. Consequently, our office will play a major role in the Tsunami Early Warning System,” Hussain added.

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