JU to study chances of volcanotriggered tsunami

first_imgKolkata: The Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management of Jadavpur University is planning to take up awareness measures on the possibility of a tsunami wreck following a volcanic eruption.The move comes after the death of more than 350 people in a tsunami caused after an earthquake in Indonesia, a volcanically active country, in December 2018. There were no warning signs of such a disaster. “We have no knowledge about the quantum of a volcanic eruption, which can bring about a tsunami. We will collect information in this regard through internet or by coordinating with the national and international universities with whom we have collaborations. This will enable us to make our students and the common people more aware and prepare in the face of such a disaster,” said Gupinath Bhandari of civil engineering department of JU, who is in charge of the Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management college wing. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAfter the devastating tsunami at the Andaman & Nicobar Islands following an earthquake, we started delving deeper into the quantum of a submarine tremor whose after-effect could be a tsunami. A detailed study in this regard made us aware that if the intensity of an earthquake is over 6.3 on the Richter scale, there are chances of a tsunami and if the intensity is over 7.5 on the Richter scale, then the damage of the disaster becomes much greater. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Following this gain of knowledge we have been conducting projects and awareness campaigns and even done some in coordination with Bangladesh. We want to do the same regarding the possibility of a tsunami occurrence after a volcanic eruption. For this, we have to gain knowledge on whether there is any quantum calculation of an eruption that can bring a tsunami as an aftermath,” Bhandari said. The deadly tsunami in Indonesia had killed 373 people and left several trapped in the rubble after strings of buildings collapsed as the tsunami struck almost without any warning. The Ring of Fire where such phenomena occur stretches from Sunda Strait to North America. “It is true that volcano-triggered tsunamis can take place only around the Ring of Fire but as we are working in the area of disaster preparedness, early warning dissemination of knowledge is essential,” Bhandari added.last_img

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