India is situated in a highly active seismic zone originating from the Himalaya region whose terrain poses a difficult monitoring challenge
The zone straddles the borders of Pakistan, Nepal, China and India such that any early warning system needs to be able to address potential cross-border events
We deployed 3 array stations and 2 single-sensor stations in Uttarakhand state in cooperation with the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee state in cooperation with the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
The challenging deployment contended with difficult terrain, extreme weather, and limited 2G wireless communications infrastructure
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake occurred in the state of Himachal Pradesh in north India, about 270 km away from our network, in March 2020
Our system accurately detected the event in real time, while the Indian network failed to do so
We received funding from a joint Israel-India research fund to plan a national network. Based on the success of the pilot, we received a grant from the World Bank to deploy additional stations. We have also begun a research project jointly funded by the Indian and Israeli governments to create a blueprint for a vast regional network along the Himalayas
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