A decision about the construction of a geophysical observatory at Naroch was made by the Presidium of the Byelorussian SSR Academy of Sciences in 1970. The experimental observations started in 1971. The seismic station was located in the Myadel district, at the village of Naroch near the lake of Naroch 176 km northwest of Minsk.


The geographical coordinates of the station were φ = 54.92° N; λ = 26.73° E, the height a.s.l. was 167 m. The soil under the station building was morainic sandy loam.


The station was located at a wooden finnish - style house, seismometers were installed in a specially equipped remote compartment. Continuous day-round observations started on February 1, 1981.


Since the seismic station was found in a building subject to demolition, a new site for the station had been searched with estimating the noise background, analyzing geological conditions, etc. The chosen site was located 12 km southeastwards of the former temporary station. This site corresponded to the requirements imposed upon the location of integrated geophysical observatories: remoteness from large cities and populated areas; closeness to a health resort zone, where the construction of industrial projects is prohibited; favourable morphological and geological conditions, and one more important factor – location outside agricultural lands.


The construction of the “Naroch” geophysical observatory was completed in 1989. The observatory is located 166 km northwest of the city of Minsk near the settlement of Teliaki.


The geographical coordinates of the observatory are φ = 54.90° N; λ = 26.78° E, the height a.s.l. is 189 m. The soil under the observatory building is morainic sandy loam. Seismometers are installed in a specially equipped remote compartment 6 m below the Earth’s surface.


The hydrodynamic regime of groundwater is studied in observation holes located in the territory of the “Naroch” geophysical observatory. 

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