Anticipating Earthquakes
Mon Aug 11 17:39:33 2003

On June 30, 2003, Quakefinder launched QuakeSat.

Measuring only 4 in. x 4 in. x 12 in., the satellite will operate for a year to see whether it can sift out magnetic signals generated by tectonic activity. The first six months of the mission will be spent calibrating the satellite and gathering baseline data. After that ground controllers will be looking in earnest for quakes.

Both the infrared and magnetic methods of quake detection are controversial. For now InSAR seems to be a safer bet for earthquake forecasting. All three, however, offer a tantalizing possibility: Someday the local weather report will forecast not only of the storms above us, but also the ones brewing beneath our feet.

NASA Science News for August 11, 2003

High above Earth where seismic waves never reach, satellites may be able
to detect earthquakes--before they strike.

Anticipating Earthquakes
High above Earth where seismic waves never reach, satellites may be able to detect earthquakes--before they strike.

"... temperatures will be in the high 40s to low 50s, fair and breezy -- another chilly day here in the San Francisco Bay Area," the T.V. weatherman says. "The satellite earthquake forecast shows low to normal risk, with no critical crustal stresses or infrared signatures around the San Andreas fault ..."


Links to earthquake and seismic sites:

We will be continually adding more links to information and research regarding earthquakes, so check back often.

Visit the site for daily ELF data from monitoring sites.

The US Geological Society in Menlo Park has the latest information on earthquakes that occur here in Northern California and around the world. Earthquake information from USGS:

The NOAA Solar Geomagnetic Index: This indicates the amount of geomagnetic noise from the sun.

ABAG Earthquake Maps and Information: The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) offers detailed hazard maps showing the relative risk of quake damage from community to community. The site also includes helpful tips.

A group called Earthwaves looks back at the past decade of notable California earthquakes, including Loma Prieta and Northridge. The site includes earthquake history.

Big list of seismic sites:

Global Earthquake Response Center™ offers news, information, preparedness supplies and a comprehensive guide to online resources about earthquakes.

Seismo-Watch e-mail Earthquake Alert Bulletins are the fastest way to stay informed of all the action. They are FREE and currently come preset for three regions:

Sesmic Wave Program: Program files for Sesmic Wave Program


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