Based on instructions from the Council of Ministers in 1994, KISR established the Kuwait National Seismic Network (KNSN) in 1996. The KNSN started functioning in March 1997. The network was designed to:

  • Monitor seismic activities in the State of Kuwait
  • Record earthquake events inside Kuwait and in the vicinity, i.e., local, regional and teleseismic events
  • Conduct necessary studies and research related to seismology
  • Characterize the seismicity status in the State of Kuwait to develop local seismic hazard maps
  • Cooperate with concerned authorities to establish seismic codes for buildings
  • Exchange seismic data with international seismological networks
  • Create a cadre of qualified national manpower in the field of seismology