Muscat: The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) has drawn up plans for the implementation of the National Multi-Hazards Early Warning System (NMHEWS) in the Sultanate. The project comes in response to the Royal orders of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said after the Tsunami disaster in 2004.
Among the nine stages of the project, seven stations for monitoring the sea surface level and the supply of five radars to monitor waves and marine currents have been completed, said Dr. Juma bin Said Al Maskari, Assistant Director General of Meteorology and Air Navigation for the Meteorological Affairs at PACA. The contract has been awarded for the installation of 10 GPS stations.
In a statement to Oman News Agency, he said that the current stations linked to Earthquake Sensing Centre at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) would be upgraded and linked to NMHEWS. The project has been already awarded in October 2012. When completed, the number of earthquake network stations in the Sultanate would reach 21.