Seismometer, other key devices at Jayakwadi go 'out of order'

Aurangabad, Nov 17 (PTI) The seismometer, which helpsin measuring the magnitude of an earthquake, and several otherkey instruments installed at the Jayakwadi dam in thedistrict, have stopped functioning properly, an official saidon Sunday.

According to the official, the retired staff of theMaharashtra Engineering Research Institute (MERI), who haveexpertise in repairing these devices, are being roped in toget them fixed.

'The seismometer was installed at the Jayakwadi damafter the devastating earthquake in Killari in Latur districtin 1993. This instrument is powerful as it has a range of10,000 kms. In the past, it has recorded the epicentres ofearthquakes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Nepal, etc,'executive engineer Rajendra Kale told PTI.

'But this and other instruments, like piezometer,earth pressure cell and slope meter, have been out order sincethe last two years. Every instrument is important and we aretrying to get them repaired soon or get new ones as early aspossible,' he said.

While a piezometer measures the pressure of a liquidor gas, or something related to pressure, an earth pressurecell monitors pressure distribution on foundation. A slopemeter measures the angles of slope, elevation or depression ofan object.

'The retired staff of the MERI has the expertise torepair these instruments. We have contacted those retiredpersonnel and requested them to visit Jayakwadi for repairingthe seismometer. We hope to get it repaired within a week. Ifthe repair work does not yield positive results then we willseek permission to purchase a new seismometer,' Kale said. PTIAWNP NP