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Lab develops quake warning system for Delhi Metro

delhi Updated: May 31, 2016 11:21 IST

NEW DELHI: The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) laboratory has developed a warning system for Delhi Metro that alerts it after there is an earthquake so that its services can be halted.

The system helped stop the Metro services after the tremors hit the national capital in April. Developed by CSIRCentral Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Chandigarh, the system can sense, record the event and generate SMS to the concerned action points, in real time.

The Metro authorities had asked the CSIO to detect quakes measuring beyond 3 on the Richter Scale. “The information has been integrated with the system and was also passed on to designated officers. Within three seconds orders can be given to stop the Metro,” said RK Sinha, Director of CSIO.

“The system can also be used at nuclear reactor sites and the activity could be stopped in case of an earthquake,” he added.

He, however, refused to call it an earthquake early warning system as it works only after the tremor. The CSIO has installed five sensors.

First Published: May 31, 2016 11:21 IST