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Azerbaijan to use satellite data for seismic monitoring

(Jan 2015) The first telecommunication satellite Azerspace-1 will monitor the seismologic situation of Azerbaijan, which is located in a highly seismically active zone.

Azerspace-1, launched in February 2013, covers Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North Africa and offers digital broadcasting services, internet access and data transmission for disaster monitoring and communication exchange between the stations of the monitoring system.

The Control Systems Institute of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences highlighted how satellite data can be used for the diagnosis and management of Robust Noise Monitoring, designed for seismic research and grounded on an analysis of seismic noises.

The exchange of seismic information will involve 35 monitoring stations located in the country and the system will be equipped with a special software, which transfers seismic acoustic signals directly to the server of the Institute, developed with the support of the Communications and High Technologies Ministry.

This new mechanism is capable of warning about the possibility of an earthquake within a radius of 300-400 kilometers in 5-20 hours.

Moreover, experiments are currently underway to determine the coordinates of the centers of earthquakes.