Sunday, February 3, 2008

Lack of funds still hobbling Earthquake Unit - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "Scientists are certain that a big earthquake will shake Jamaica sometime in the future. What they don't know is exactly when it will occur. However, Jamaica's sole earthquake monitoring agency, the Earthquake Unit of the University of the West Indies, says there is a way of finding out, or, at least, of making more precise forecasts.
The only trouble is: the Government-funded unit does not have the money or the human resources to undertake the necessary work."

Head of the unit, Dr Margaret Wiggins-Grandison, told the Sunday Observer that a fairly new technique, paleoseismology, which involves digging trenches along or across the faults to study and date disrupted sediments in the soil, could go a far way in forecasting and planning for an earthquake event..........

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