Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Earth Science
15-December-2011 18:49 IST
Intensity of Earthquakes
The Government has formulated scheme for setting up an electronic system to measures the intensity of earthquakes. India Meteorological Department (IMD) operates and maintains a National network of seismographs to monitor the earthquake activity in the country on 24 X 7 bases. Making use of earthquake records, the magnitude and other source parameters are estimated.

This system will not be able to ascertain earthquakes through tidal waves but seeks to ascertain earthquakes making use of seismic wave. The system is already operational. The Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Ashwani Kumar in a written reply to a question by Shrimati Jyoti Dhurve and Shri Naranbhai Kachhadia in Lok Sabha gave this information today.