U’khand becomes the first state to launch earthquake warning app

Thursday, 05 August 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

In a major development for the disaster prone state of Uttarakhand, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami launched the Uttarakhand earthquake alert application here on Wednesday. The application developed by the Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority and the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee will provide advane warning of earthquake. Uttarakhand is the first state to develop such an application. The app will also enable the authorities to ascertain the location of people during an earthquake. The earthquake alert app also enables the user to know about people stuck in infrastructure damaged by the quake. This application can be downloaded from Google Playstore.

Speaking on the occasion, Dhami said that Uttarakhand is highly vulnerable from the viewpoint of earthquakes. He said that the people should be informed that this app can enable them to get an advance warning of an earthquake. The disaster management department should prepare a short film on it to maximise its publicity, he said.

This app should be enabled to disseminate earthquake warnings even to those people who do not have an Android phone. Sirens and voice alerts should both be used apart from the app to warn the people of an earthquake alert. Dhami appreciated the digital initiative to provide an earthquake warning.

The Disaster Management minister Dhan Singh Rawat, chief secretary Sukhbir Singh Sndhu and other officials concerned were also present on the occasion. 

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