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Pakistan to set up seismic centers in quake-hit areas
www.chinaview.cn 2006-05-02 18:45:57

    ISLAMABAD, May 2 (Xinhua) -- A senior Pakistani official has said that the government will establish and develop seismic centers in the country's earthquake-prone areas for accurate monitoring and prediction of the developments taking place underground, Pakistan news agency NNI reported on Tuesday.

    Ishfaq Ahmed, special advisor to prime minister on Strategic Program, made the remarks when addressing a two-day International Workshop on Monitoring of Tectonic Plates and Use of Seismic and GPS Technology opened in Islamabad on Tuesday.

    Ahmed said that a seismic center was being established at Quaid-e-University for the purpose.

    The advisor said that Pakistan should have the ability of seismic activities, measurement of earth resistance and flow of underground water because large areas of Pakistan fall within the Himalayan region which is prone to movements of the tectonic plates covering the Earth's surface.

    Ahmed said in view of the recent spate of occurrences in natural upheavals, there is a need to address them both at national and international level. He said we must take up these issues globally and evolve certain strategies to cope with the situation.

    Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Pervaiz Butt said that government had established a number of seismic stations in the country to monitor the movement of the tectonic plates. In this regard, the government had taken a number of steps including provision of state-of-art equipment to help scientist and engineers, he added.

    He noted that significant efforts had been made to look into the casual factors of changes in the ecosystem. The building codes needed to be refined in order to bring them at par with international standard, he said. Enditem

Editor: Lu Hui
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