Phivolcs installs automated quake meter in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:14

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) installed Monday an Automated Earthquake Intensity Meter (AEIM) at its regional office Barangay Sta. Maria in this city.

Phivolcs Regional Director Engr. Allan Labayog said the meter costing P100,000 will be the first of its kind to be installed in this city.

He said similar meters well be installed in selected places in this city to measure quake intensity and enable the city to assess quake strengths and damages to structures in case of tremors.

This project is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA.

The box-like structure equipment automatically calculates the intensity of earthquakes. It will then transmit real time data to the Phivolcs database in Manila and in other parts of the country.

Labayog said the meter will help the office issue landslide and tsunami alerts in the region in the event earthquakes will hit the area.

Zamboanga is prone to earthquakes because it is sandwiched between the Cotabato and Sulu Trenches from where most earthquakes originate in Southern Philippines.

The intensity meter will be on line and will enable it to automatically transmit quake data via Internet to computer/receivers at the Phivolcs central office. — LS