NAST has quake warning system now!

KATHMANDU: An earthquake early warning system has been installed at the headquarters of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in Lalitpur.

A similar system has been installed in Dharke of Dhading district.

The installment of the warning system has brought respite to the country, which is at a high seismic risk.

The system, which gives a warning around 20 seconds before the quake, was installed with the support of a Chinese organisation named the Institute of Care Life.

According to NAST Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr Jeevraj Pokharel, the Academy earlier had signed an agreement with the Chinese company to install 80 such equipments. Now the Care Life has agreed to provide 40 more earthquake sensors, he added.

He believed that the early warning system will be useful in lessening the loss of human life during the quake.

The April 25 quake, second biggest quake on record in Nepal, claimed around 9,000 people and injured 22,500. Around 800,000 houses were recorded to have sustained damages in the quake.