Costa Rica Earthquake Early Warning System
Keeping safe is of top priority when you are traveling, and Costa Rica is in the works of making you even safer while visiting here. The Volcanology and Seismology Research Institute (OVSICORI) stated the inception of a test run to implement an earthquake early warning system.
Seismologist, Marino Protti, of the Volcanology and Seismology Research Institute, described that the arrangement will start with the placing of sensors close to the causes of strong earthquakes, these will create warnings when the tremors begin. The almost exact program has been implemented in Chile with great results.
The notification system is effective for populations that are at a range of 75 or fewer kilometers from the epicenter. A notification will be sent out approximately 30 or more seconds before severe tremors begin. The warning system will only work for those within the 75-kilometer radius as you get closer to the epicenter the warning system becomes less relevant because that is where the tremor began. Anyone more than 75 kilometers away will not feel any tremors.
The U.S. Agency for International Development is in the works supporting this great program.
The test run includes the placing of 100 sensors in various regions of the country. Some of them in the Nicoya Peninsula, the Osa Peninsula, South Caribbean and the Central Valley, San Jose area. Warnings will be received by smartphones to start. Areas like hospitals schools and known crowded regions will receive alerts first.
The first stage of this plan will include the instruction of specialists, training them on the workings of the systems and best procedures.
It is wonderful to know Costa Rica is so on top of technologies and keeping the general populations safe. Also, good to note that Costa Rica isn’t known for having bad earthquakes or disasters. This is all due in part to warning systems such as this one and guidelines contractors follow when building structures.