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Ireland’s First Ever Underground Seismic Station Installed In Co. Tipperary.

A new seismic station has been installed in Mitchelstown Cave, in Co. Tipperary some 60 metres underground; its positioning to detect earthquakes at home and abroad.

International Registry of Seismograph Stations (Image Courtesy International Seismological Centre.)

This new site brings to nine the number of similar seismic stations set up across Ireland, but the Tipperary location now becomes the first to be installed underground.

Same site remains protected from seismic noise sources such as wind, rain, building site activity and heavy road traffic.

Since the station was installed last May by members of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) and the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN),it has detected earthquakes as far away as southern Peru and Fiji, together with 11 earthquakes in and around our own shores.

Additional funding has been received from Geological Survey Ireland, which is a division of the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, to help double the number of permanent seismic monitoring stations to 12.

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