The government on 27 July 2017 launched two Mobile apps – ‘India Quake’ for dissemination of earthquake parameters and the other one ‘Sagar Vani’ to disseminate ocean related information and alerts (like high waves and Tsunami Early warnings) to the user community in timely manner for their safety.
Developed by the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the ‘India Quake’ will automatically disseminate relevant parameter (location, time and magnitude) after the occurrence of earthquakes. “The app will make information dissemination faster with no restrictions on the number of recipients. Any citizen can download this App and get the real time earthquake location information on his/her mobile. Other than scientific and administrative benefits of the App, it will help in reducing panic amongst people during an earthquake.”
Currently, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) operates national seismological network with 84 stations across the country. These stations are connected to NCS headquarter through VSAT for real time data communication. In the event of an earthquake, the NCS locates them using data from its network and disseminate earthquake parameters to all the concerned government departments and other stakeholders through SMS, email and fax. However this causes some delay in dissemination and also restricts the number of recipients.
“To overcome this, a Mobile App has been developed by the NCS for automatic dissemination of earthquake parameter after the occurrence of earthquakes. Both the apps India Quake and Sagar Vani were launched by the MoES and science & technology minister Harsh Vardhan on the occasion of the ministry of earth sciences’ foundation day here.