Quake and volcano watchers get emergency agency grants

The two academic units that study earthquakes received a $2.14 million payment from the national emergency commission.

They are the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica at Universidad Nacional and the Red Sismológica Nacional at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

The money is to strengthen the watch on volcanoes and possible quakes. The goal will be to modernize equipment.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias, of course, is directly involved with emergencies caused by quakes and volcanoes.

Among other things, both organizations maintain sensors at active volcanoes. In addition, Costa Rica has an extensive network of quake sensors on land and on the sea floors.

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