Team examines nuclear tracking site

  • Jamie Sapsford, Bermuda Airport Authority director of Airport Service Assurance, and Hideaki Komiyama, CTBTO chief of International Monitoring Support (centre), and their teams review upgrades at Bermudian monitoring sites (Photograph provided)

    Jamie Sapsford, Bermuda Airport Authority director of Airport Service Assurance, and Hideaki Komiyama, CTBTO chief of International Monitoring Support (centre), and their teams review upgrades at Bermudian monitoring sites (Photograph provided)


Representatives from the UN’s Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation have come to Bermuda this week to upgrade local monitoring sites.

A spokeswoman for the Bermuda Airport Authority said the Bermuda infrasound stations are part of an international network intended to detect evidence of nuclear explosions anywhere on Earth.

The spokeswoman said: “A CTBTO team is currently on-island to refurbish Bermuda’s monitoring sites which continually measure the atmosphere for sound waves of a particular frequency and transmit the recordings to an International Data Centre located at CTBTO’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

“Earlier today, members of the Bermuda Airport Authority visited a monitoring site at the LF Wade International Airport and met with Hideaki Komiyama, chief of the CTBTO International Maintenance Facility Support Section, and his team for an update on the work being done.”

Bermuda is included in the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty through the UK, and has the island’s location has proven an asset in the CTBTO’s mission to detect nuclear tests.

CTBTO has operated four nuclear test monitoring sites in Bermuda since 2008.

The operation and maintenance of the sites had been the responsibility of the Bermuda Government until 2017 when responsibility was placed with the Bermuda Airport Authority.

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Published Sep 20, 2019 at 6:02 pm (Updated Sep 20, 2019 at 6:02 pm)

Team examines nuclear tracking site

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