By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City – An earthquake monitoring and warning device was recently installed in San Jose, Dinagat Island after a powerful earthquake struck the city of Surigao and the province of Surigao del Norte on February 10.
A team from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) installed the earthquake monitoring device to enhance observation capabilities with the continuous earth movement due to the series of aftershocks and unusual phenomena.
The provincial office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has been tasked to oversee and watch over the device.
The primary function of the device is to record sudden soil movement within a period of time.
The device that was installed last February 17 is also equipped with a Geographic Positioning System (GPS) and other applications that are vital to the monitoring of any soil movement.
The installation of these devices also took place after Phivolcs found unusual ground movements in no-fault areas near Surigao City.
Major aftershocks were recorded in Dinagat Islands even when no existing faults cut across the island province.
Local officials in Surigao del Norte, Surigao City and Dinagat were thankful to the Phivolcs for putting more earthquake monitoring devices in the area.