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FST Observes Earthquake Awareness Week/Month

The Faculty joins in observing January as Earthquake Awareness Month with January 16-22, 2022 being designated as Earthquake Awareness Week under the theme, “Re-engineering Earthquake Response Practices During COVID-19”.  The Faculty contributes to the national, regional and international seismic community through the The Earthquake Unit (The EQU) that serves as Jamaica's hub for earthquake monitoring and research. The EQU is a Research Unit of the Department of Geology and Geography that is funded directly by the Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. The central Recording station at The University of The West Indies, Mona operates the Jamaica Seismograph Network (JSN), the Jamaica Strong Motion Network (JSMN) and a Global Positioning System network, which together measure a range of crustal movements - weak and strong coseismic displacements to very small aseismic strains. The EQU collaborates with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODEPM) that is responsible for ‘leading the process of reducing the impact of the disaster on Jamaica through Comprehensive Disaster Management.’

Click here for a virtual tour of The Earthquake Unit.




Published on 17 Jan, 2022

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