vIndia's 'Bullet Train' will detect earthquake before it happens! 28 seismometers to be installed in MAHSR

Seismic Safety Measures

National High Speed Rail Corporation limited has announced the installation of 28 seismometers for an early earthquake detection system along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-speed Rail Corridor (MAHSR).

Technology Adoption

The seismometer system, which was influenced by Japanese Shinkansen technology, seeks to protect infrastructure and passengers by detecting earthquake-induced shocks through primary waves.

Automatic Power Shutdown

In the event of detected tremors, the system triggers an automatic power shutdown on the MAHSR. This proactive measure is designed to enhance safety by activating emergency brakes on trains within the affected area.

Strategic Seismometer Placement

Surveys along the MAHSR alignment in earthquake-prone zones were carried out by Japanese experts. Through careful placement along the route, 22 seismometers will be installed, taking into account soil suitability studies and historical seismic data.

Geographical Distribution

Out of the 28 seismometers, 8 will be installed in Maharashtra, covering Mumbai, Thane, Virar, and Boisar. Additionally, 14 seismometers will be positioned in Gujarat, encompassing Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Mahemdavad, and Ahmedabad.

Integration into Rail Infrastructure

Along the MAHSR alignment, seismometers will be incorporated into switching posts and traction sub-stations to guarantee complete coverage of the high-speed rail network.

Inland Seismometers

Six inland seismometers will be erected in earthquake-prone locations, such as Khed, Ratnagiri, Latur, and Pangri in Maharashtra, and Adesar and Old Bhuj in Gujarat, in order to address seismic concerns in particular areas.