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An Innovation Called Terra Alarm Alerts People before an Earthquake

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An Innovation Called Terra Alarm Alerts People before an Earthquake

Students from Sweden’s Umeå Institute of Design Ferdinand Aichriedler, Patrick Krassnitzer and Manuel Hess created Terra for people living within the so-called Ring of Fire, the arc within the Pacific Ocean where near-continuous plate movements cause 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes.This minimal, low-cost earthquake alarm is also a source of calm during non-destructive incidents. An alarm that would blend into people’s homes be affordable enough for poorer communities to access, and help to allay fear. Terra is a device that increases awareness and reduces panic in countries vulnerable to earthquakes. Terra works by responding to an earthquake’s non-destructive primary waves, which travel at a higher velocity and can be detected up to 60 seconds before the destructive secondary waves arrive at the same spot.

An Innovation Called Terra Alarm Alerts People before an Earthquake
An Innovation Called Terra Alarm Alerts People before an Earthquake

The project has been named a runner-up in the Sweden James Dyson Award, which recognises the best new inventions from design and engineering students. These are picked up by seismographic institutions and sent out as warnings that Terra receives via radio signal. This creates a window where Terra can warn people that an earthquake is incoming and indicate its anticipated strength. Where a potentially destructive earthquake is detected, Terra emits a loud and alarming sound — technically, a rhythmic minor chord — accompanied by red lights. In cases where the detected earthquake is identified as non-destructive, however, it emits only a calming wave sound and slowly pulsating light. Users are encouraged to fix the alarm next to an emergency exit, using it as part of their planning for earthquake scenarios. To keep production costs low, the disc-like device is made up of few parts — three injection-molded plastic casing components plus an LED ring, printed circuit board with the radio receiver and battery pad.

Aichriedler, Krassnitzer and Hess — all students of the Umeå Institute for Design at Umeå University — hope to run a crowdfunding campaign for the product in the near future. Terra was commended in 2018’s Core77 Design Awards as well as the Swedish heats of the James Dyson Award.

Information Source: Dezeen

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