Lagos will have a seismic station in the National Forest of Barão de São João

This station "will occupy an area of ​​about 8 square meters"

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Lagos will have a seismic station in the National Forest of Barão de São João, after the City Council signed a protocol with the University of Évora.

This station "will occupy an area of ​​about 8 square meters", says the municipality of Lacobrigense.

“The main objective of the protocol is to increase the territorial coverage of the early warning system for earthquakes, by detecting, with great speed, the occurrence of earthquakes and identifying their characteristics. The location and magnitude are the main data through which it is possible to trigger some automatic security measures in critical situations, minimizing the destruction associated with events of this nature», he adds.

The project is developed through the Institute of Earth Sciences (ICT), a research unit of the University of Évora (UÉ), and is part of the EMSO-PT project - European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory, which has as main purpose to densify the number of seismic stations on land, improving the national seismic monitoring network, allowing the creation of an early warning system for earthquakes.

The new seismic stations, in addition to being linked to the ICT of the University of Évora, will also be linked to the national seismic network coordinated by IPMA – Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera.

The signing of this protocol also provides for the joining of efforts between the entities with a view to making available to the municipality, in real time, all seismic records obtained at the station.

“This is yet another collaboration that reflects the attention that Lagos has been giving to the issues of prevention of seismic and tsunami risks”, says the municipality.

Since the publication, in 2006, of the precursor Seismic Risk Study in the Historic Center of Lagos, work directed by Professor Luís Mendes Vítor, «there have been multiple partnerships and projects in which the Municipality has been involved in order to increase resilience of the resident and tourist population and improve the collective response to any critical situations arising from this type of occurrence», he concludes.