The World Health Organization estimates that between 1998-2017, earthquakes caused nearly 750 000 deaths globally, more than half of all deaths related to natural disasters.
Earthquakes are monitored using networks of seismometers, devices capable to measure ground motion. Those networks can, in certain cases, warn people but are not always present where they are most needed, due to their price.
The Precision Laser Inclinometer (PLI) is a novel compact technology that provides a cheaper portable alternative to common seismometers, while enabling more precise sensing of ground movements. It can be incorporated in monitoring and early alerting systems for seismic events, which can help protect people in vulnerable areas and decrease the direct losses resulting from earthquakes. The PLI is the first project to be funded by the CERN Technology Impact Fund.
From the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations, the PLI contributes to the fulfilling of SDGs 1- No Poverty, 11 - Sustainable cities and communities and 13 - Climate Action.
The PLI is being developed by CERN and the CERN & Society Foundation is seeking funds to support further its development.