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Governor impressed with Pagan project

THE installation of fiber-optic cable and seismic monitoring stations currently ongoing on Pagan impressed Gov. Eloy S. Inos.

The governor traveled to the volcanic island north of Saipan last Thursday along with Press Secretary Angel Demapan, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office Special Assistant Marvin Seman and XRI and USGS officials.

Gov. Eloy S. Inos poses with U.S. Geological Survey project manager Tom Murray.  Office of the Governor photoGov. Eloy S. Inos poses with U.S. Geological Survey project manager Tom Murray. Office of the Governor photo

Demapan said, “Governor Inos was able to see first-hand the seismic and surveillance monitoring equipment installed on Pagan by the team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Development Center, U.S. Geological Survey, and XRI Geophysics.”

Demapan said the governor was impressed with the highly advanced equipment that is now in place to provide proper monitoring of seismic activity as well as a live camera feed of the still active volcano on Pagan.

“While this project will play a huge role in ensuring the safety of the people in Pagan, it will also provide for the constant collection of necessary data in terms of the volcanic activity,” said Demapan.

He also said that demobilization of the base camp following a six-week operation is expected to wrap up this week.

“Governor Inos is very appreciative of the efforts of the visiting team as well as local partner agencies such as Homeland Security and the Emergency Management Office, DPS Fire’s EMS team, Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council member Diego Kaipat and Northern Islands Mayor Tobias Aldan,” said Demapan adding that Inos was also equally pleased to learn that several Pagan residents were also involved in the project.

Demapan said during his brief visit on Pagan, Inos met some of the residents including Kaipat who joined the governor on a ground tour of the project sites.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office Special Assistant Marvin K. Seman said the trip to Pagan last Thursday
“was very informative.”

“It was a good way to get a better perspective on the operation there that has been going on for the last couple of weeks. We had the chance to go around and see where they laid the fiber-optic cable as well as the equipment that supports it,” said Seman.

He told Variety Friday that they managed to get to Pagan by around Thursday noon and came back the same day by 5 p.m.

He said they were with USGS and XRI officials.

The small contingent included the governor, Demapan, Seman and seismic technician John T. Camacho.

Asked how the installation fiber-optic cable and seismic monitoring stations project was moving along, Seman said it was near completion.

“We have about 13 kilometers of fiber-optic cable that’s laid out,” said Seman.

He said they have multiple USGS seismic stations in place around the island.

He said they have a solar-powered system that provides power to the satellite that transmits and receives data on Pagan.

“Everything that we plan to install is there,” said Seman.

Asked if they had personnel permanently based on Pagan, Seman said, their personnel are there for up to 45 days — the timeframe for the completion of the project.

He said their federal partners are training their CNMI counterparts.

In case issues arise, the CNMI personnel will be able to address these issues, said Seman.

He acknowledged the support of the Inos administration.

He also expressed his gratitude to the Office of the Mayor of Northern Islands and to the Pagan residents.

He thanked USGS, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and their contractor XRI.