India'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, inspired by Japanese Shinkansen technology, aims to detect earthquake-induced tremors through primary waves, ensuring passenger safety and infrastructure protection.

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

Japanese experts conducted surveys in earthquake-prone areas along the MAHSR alignment. Based on historical seismic data and soil suitability studies, 22 seismometers will be strategically placed along the corridor.

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

Seismometers will be integrated into traction sub-stations and switching posts along the MAHSR alignment, ensuring a comprehensive coverage of the high-speed rail network.

Inland Seismometers

To address seismic risks in specific areas, six inland seismometers will be installed in earthquake-prone regions, including Khed, Ratnagiri, Latur, Pangri in Maharashtra, and Adesar and Old Bhuj in Gujarat.