With simulators and artificial intelligence they seek to prevent disasters in Peru

The system that the IGP is implementing uses artificial intelligence to be able to alert between 6 to 10 seconds before the start of an earthquake.


If you have never had the terrifying experience of being in the middle of a violent 8.8 magnitude earthquake, a military technology fair on security and defense in Lima allows you to get on a simulator to learn how to react and eventually save lives.

One of the novelties of the 2023 International Technology and Defense Exhibition, which Peru has been holding for 16 years, has been considering the lack of prevention in the face of natural disasters as a threat to the security of a country along with cyber attacks, drug trafficking, mining and logging. illegal.

An earthquake early warning system, which works with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and is described as unique in South America by its promoters, is one of the attractions of this unique fair that brings together more than a hundred manufacturers from 27 countries

How does it work?

The Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) has created the early earthquake prevention system that is already being implemented and is capable of warning between 6 and 10 seconds before the start of an earthquake.

But how does it work? The IGP geophysical engineer Estela Centeno explained that “earthquakes propagate waves”, the sensor captures a first wave and -through artificial intelligence- the system “processes it and sends the alert”.

There are expected to be 106 installations of the early earthquake detection system throughout Peru , a country located in the Pacific ring of fire, one of the most sensitive regions to earthquakes.

Prevention is also the order of the day on the technological agenda with the El Niño climate phenomenon, which globally affects several regions and is caused by overheating of the Pacific Ocean water temperatures, causing rain and flooding.

Peru is preparing this year to receive El Niño using three-dimensional images it collects from a Peruvian satellite in orbit. These images allow obtaining information from the territory that will be used to design key maps when making decisions in the prevention of natural disasters.

The maps show authorities where disasters can occur and what actions they should take based on the information. Drone images are also used.

The workers use 3D glasses, like a virtual reality game, to be able to view the images from the satellite.

The fair is held at the headquarters of the Peruvian Army headquarters between May 18 and 21, in Lima. More than 30 thousand people have visited it, according to the organizers.