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Qatar launches six earthquake sensors

The seismic monitoring stations were built in response to the fatal earthquake in Iran in April, 2013, which caused significant tremors across the GCC

Qatar launches six earthquake sensors
Pakistani earthquake survivors search for belongings from the rubble of collapsed mud houses on April 17, 2013, after an earthquake centred in nearby Iran that killed more than 40 people. (AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar has installed six seismic sensors to better detect and record information about earthquakes and aftershocks.

Scientists will use the sensors to create daily reports on activity below the earth’s surface, government meteorology specialist Mohammed Jabir Almarri reportedly said.

Almarri said the project was launched following the fatal earthquake in Iran in April, 2013, which caused significant tremors across the Gulf.

At the time, Qatar had only outdated equipment that was unable to detect the full magnitude of the tremors felt in the country.

“From that day, we knew we needed to establish something seriously,” Almarri told Doha News. “We have to protect human life … There are also many, many important buildings that have to be protected.”

Another 20 monitoring stations, including some offshore, are planned for next year, he said.  

The data collected also would be used to gain a better understanding of seismic activity occurring in Qatar, which could help refine building standards.

“The data is meant to be shared widely,” Almarri said.

There is a generally low seismic hazard in the Gulf but nearby countries Iran and Pakistan are prone to earthquakes, which can cause ripple effects in the GCC countries.

However, the 2013 quake in Iran saw buildings evacuated across Gulf cities.

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