A new imaging technology that could possibly lead to earthquake predictions in future, have been developed by a team of scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The new airborne radar-based mapping technology will make it possible for scientists to view earthquake images for the first time, on the ground. This latest development has been compared to when the first satellite images of hurricanes were produces in the 1960s.
According to CNN, the new earthquake maps “were taken from a Gulfstream-III aircraft equipped with a radar antenna. The interferogram images i.e. a photographic record of light interference patterns, shows colourful images of lines in undulating butterfly-patterned lines and dots in psychedelic colours that can be used by scientists to determine the behaviour of fault lines.”
The airborne images reveal minute or large motions that occurred below the earth surface, which cannot be perceived by either flying or walking on the surface in question. While the research is still ongoing, it should be stressed that this is not a short term project. It will take several years more of studying and observing earthquakes to finally come out with a working solution. However, if successful, the benefits will be immense in terms of earthquake predictions and expansion of the current hazard maps.
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July 12, 2010 at 9:28 pm
It is a nice development and life saving technology, I hope it will be able to predict correctly.
March 11, 2012 at 2:16 am
Greatly helpful in terms of earthquake prediction.
November 12, 2010 at 7:16 am
This is the result of some really great application of NASA pioneered technology. Lets hope congress keeps them funded so they can contunue this and other important work.
October 5, 2011 at 12:40 am
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April 15, 2014 at 10:52 pm
This is great news! I feel like there have been so many natural disasters lately that it’ll be great to be prepared for one for once.