Earthquake observatory marks 30 years

The volcano and earthquake agency at the Universidad de Costa Rica is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica has been studying the actions of volcanos and the tectonic activity under Costa Rica for that long.

The national emergency commission has given some 2 billion colons, nearly $4 million, for the improvement of equipment that the observatory will use to keep track of earth movements on the Osa peninsula.

Much of what the observatory has done can be translated into practical applications, including making structures more resistant to quakes.

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