Banda Aceh, (ANTARA News) - Mata Ie Geophysics Station in Aceh Besar District has installed seven sensors that are directly connected to the satellite, spokesman for the station, Rilza Nur Akbar said.

He added that the sensors are aimed to detect volcanic and tectonic seismic activities. Hence, the station could immediately report them to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The sensors have been placed in seven districts and cities in Aceh Province, including Aceh Besar, Meulaboh, South Aceh, Simeulue, Subulussala, Lhokseumawe, and Langsa.

"We observe and analyze tremors from the outermost Breueh Island, mainly seismic activities with a magnitude of more than 2," Akbar stressed.

When tectonic and volcanic tremors occur within 222 kilometer radius, the geophysics station will rely on the sensors to collect the earthquake`s intensity.

Situated on the Great Sumatran Fault or the Semangko Fault, Aceh becomes one of the provinces with high seismic activities in the country.

The 1,900 kilometer fault stretches in the entire coastline of Sumatra Island from Aceh to Semangko Bay in Lampung.

Besides the fault, Aceh is also situated near the intersection of Eurasia and Indo-Australia plates.

"If the earthquake has a magnitude of 5 on the Richter scale, the central office in Jakarta will take over the observation works, and publish the report to public. We (the district geophysics station) will assist the office`s work as we did in 2012 when a 8.7 magnitude earthquake hit Indian Ocean," Akbar remarked.

Meanwhile, chief of the Mata IE Geophysics Station Eridawati said this week that 106 tremors occurred in Aceh during the January-March period this year, consisting of 16 in January, 38 in February and 52 in March.

The tremors have been recorded by several sensors that would alarm the officers once the tremors had a magnitude of more than 2 on the Richter scale.

"Besides the tremors with a magnitude of 2 or more, the sensors also recorded a total of 217 seismic activities between January and March. Aceh was jolted by low-magnitude tremors 67 times in January, 69 times in February and 81 times in March," Eridawati emphasized.

Reporter: Genta Tenri Mawangi
Editor: Andi Abdussalam
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