9 October 2014
Media representatives are invited to join around 40 ambassadors and representatives of permanent missions to the United Nations in Vienna to visit two CTBTO monitoring stations in the Bavarian Forest near Freyung, Germany.
The site has both a primary seismic station (PS19) and an infrasound station (IS26) which are part of the International Monitoring System (IMS) – the global network of 337 monitoring facilities operated by the CTBTO to monitor the planet for signs of nuclear explosions.
The visit offers the media an exclusive opportunity to explore two state-of-the-art operational monitoring stations that are normally off limits. Seismic station PS19 is one of the CTBTO’s most sensitive stations and detected all three North Korean nuclear tests – see video. Infrasound station IS26 was the organization’s first infrasound station to be certified and was one of the 20 CTBTO stations that recorded the Chelyabinsk Meteor Blast in February 2013.
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