Jamaica gets earthquake-resilience boost

Source(s): Gleaner, the

With Jamaica at perennial risk of a devastating tremor, the Earthquake Unit is to improve the island's planning capabilities for a big event.

This is through the installation of 40 accelerometers - used to measure seismic energy - at schools and hospitals, among other key public buildings, across the island.

An additional nine accelerometers are also to be installed at seismic stations currently operated by the unit.

"At the moment, we have a network of 17," said Professor Simon Mitchell, acting head of the Earthquake Unit and head of the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

The extra 49 are being put in through the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project, funded by the World Bank and implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund.

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