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7 more earthquake centres to be set up

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th July 2007 03:00 AM

THE Government will set seven more seismological centres (centres for detecting and measuring earthquakes) to increase awareness and readiness against earthquakes and tremors, the commissioner for Entebbe Department of Geological Surveys and Mines has revealed.

THE Government will set seven more seismological centres (centres for detecting and measuring earthquakes) to increase awareness and readiness against earthquakes and tremors, the commissioner for Entebbe Department of Geological Surveys and Mines has revealed.

By Kiganda Ssonko
THE Government will set seven more seismological centres (centres for detecting and measuring earthquakes) to increase awareness and readiness against earthquakes and tremors, the commissioner for Entebbe Department of Geological Surveys and Mines has
revealed.

Speaking during a one-day sensitisation workshop about the ongoing Airborne Geophysical Surveys at Enron Hotel in Mityana Town, last week, Joshua Tuhumwire said the Government had signed a contract with a Swedish firm, Swedish Geological Hifab-AB, to undertake the project.

The workshop was attended by local leaders from the districts of Kibale, Mityana, Mubende and Kiboga.
“We are expanding the National Seismological Network from the existing four centres to 11 to increase awareness about the dangers of earthquakes to people and property,” Tuhumwire noted.

The Government has four Seismological centres in Kilembe, Dundu in Entebbe, Hoima and Mbarara.

Centres in the districts of Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Mbale, Moroto, Mubende and Kisoro will be set up by August 2008.

Tuhumwire said the centres would also provide information to insurance companies, engineers and architects who use earthquake data in designing structures taking into account the disaster intensity.

He added that the Government would also set up seven regional geological and mining centres in the districts of Arua, Moroto, Fort Portal, Gulu, Tororo, Mbarara and Kabale.

Three regional pilot processing centres where miners take their mineral samples for analysis will be constructed in Karamoja region, Tororo and Ntungamo districts.

“The centres will have a mineral dressing laboratory, a retrographical laboratory which cuts and analyses minerals and an industrial mineral laboratory which analyses industrial rocks for construction. They will also process licences before they are approved by the Entebbe centre.”

The state minister for mineral development, Kamanda Bataringaya, said the Government would modernise the mineral sector which is currently underexploited.
He urged investors to invest in Uganda.

7 more earthquake centres to be set up

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