A second, extremely powerful earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, devastated Turkey on February 6, 2023.
This tragedy emphasizes the value of being earthquake-prepared and the importance of technology in mitigating their damage.
Here are three techs that can reduce the damage of earthquakes.
Early Warning Systems
Early warning systems are made to detect an earthquake’s initial indications and alert those in the impacted area. The fastest and least dangerous waves of an earthquake, the initial P-waves, are detected by these systems using a network of sensors.
The technology can identify these waves and give an alert up to several minutes before the slower and more destructive S-waves arrive. This allows individuals to take protective action, such as evacuating buildings or taking cover under a desk or table.
Smart buildings are made to react immediately to the forces produced by an earthquake. These structures adjust their shape and rigidity using sensors, actuators, and control systems to lessen the damage brought on by earthquakes.
For instance, a smart building may modify its design to absorb earthquake energy, minimizing harm to the structure and its occupants.
Structural Health Monitoring
Real-time monitoring of the health of buildings and other structures with the help of structural health monitoring (SHM) systems enables the timing of repairs or evacuations before a severe earthquake occurs by predicting when a building is likely to break.
Building codes and standards can be upgraded with the use of SHM systems, which can also provide useful data about how buildings function during earthquakes.
It’s crucial to keep in mind, though, that for these technologies to be most useful, they must be used in conjunction with proper planning and readiness. Investing in these technologies will help prevent future earthquake damage and save lives.