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Predicting earthquakes from space

04/18/2005 9:04 AM

An Italian experiment being hosted at the International Space Station (ISS) hopes to test the hypothesis that electromagnetic waves are released from the ground before an earthquake. The theory states that stress accumulating in fault zones pulverize granite, which in turn excites electrons that emit electromagnetic radiation when dropped back to their normal energies. These electromagnetic waves move through the Earth's surface into the atmosphere, where they are trapped in the Van Allen belt. The ability to read this infomation may allow detection of earthquakes as much as two weeks before they occur. The experiment, LAZIO-SIRAD (Low Altitude Ionization Observatory) will run for at least six months, although, many scientists are skeptical.

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04/19/2005 8:06 AM

This theory might explain why birds and other animals more sensitive to EM waves are able to flee an area before an earthquake.

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Releasing the Information

04/19/2005 9:18 AM

It's interesting to consider the ramifications of releasing information about a possible, impending quake. Might homeowners expect a sudden increase in their insurance premiums?

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Re:Releasing the Information

04/19/2005 12:44 PM

That is an intersting observation, I would think legislation would have to be written to counteract such things. Wouldn't it be amazing if the Red Cross could be in a disaster struck region almost immediately, and only pick up rubble instead of searching for victims.

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Re:Releasing the Information

04/19/2005 10:32 PM

More likely the insurance would be immediately canceled.

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