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Jul 17

$5million to improve seismic monitoring

Environment chief executive Taulealeausumai Laavasa Maluat

A joint Samoa-China project underway will vastly improve the monitoring of seismic activity in the country.

According to Environment chief executive Taulealeausumai Laavasa Malua, the magnitude and devastation of the September, 2009, earthquake and subsequent tsunami has put emphasis on this project.

“There is also an impending threat of volcanic eruptions. The stations will provide satellite transmission and the transfer of monitoring data collected from the permanent seismic stations to Apia at real time.”

Started last year, the project will see the construction of an earthquake data center at Mulinu’u and seismic monitoring stations at Afulilo, Asau and Vaia’ata.

Total cost is estimated at $5 million principally funded by the Chinese government with a contribution from the national budget through the MNRE.

The five-year project is expected to be completed in 2015.

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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