Newspaper for Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Newry and Down.

Newry High School is the proud recipient of a brand new Seismometer!

The geography Department in the school will play host to this state-of-the-art piece of equipment. Mr. Melaniphy, Vice-Principal and Geographer said, “We are absolutely delighted to have a seismometer like this in our school. This technology will allow us to bring to life the reality of how our world is a changing and dynamic place and in a very real way for all our students to see first hand. This is very exciting indeed!”

When the ground moves or shakes a seismometer measures how much the ground has moved. Newry High School students will be using this seismometer to record real-life and real-time earthquakes, in fact we were fortunate to record one on the first day of operation, a small earthquake which occurred just off the Antrim Coast!

The seismometer and computer were given to Newry High School and seven other schools in north Louth, south Armagh, and Down by Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism, an INTERREG IVA funded project.

Newry High School was also delighted to host geography teachers from across the region for a training day led by Tom Blake, Director of the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies.

Present on the day were three of our A-Level students, Nicola Clements, Aaron O’Brien and Sian Keenan.  These students were tasked with building a seismometer, programming it and overseeing its operation, therefore, we would like you to meet the foremost student minds in Newry on seismometer construction and operation!

Newry High School would like to thank Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism for all their help and support in this initiative. We are delighted to be the only school in the Newry area to possess such technology and we will be measuring very carefully to see how, when and if the earth should move. We are sure it will!