Two Earthquake Detector articles of interest
Posted by keelynet on April 14, 2009
They definitely need to credit this guy instead of chastising him;
Scientist Forced To Remove Earthquake Prediction – “Italian scientist Giampaolo Giuliani, a researcher at the National Physical Laboratory of Gran Sasso, recently gave warning about an earthquake that was to happen on March 29th of this year near L’Aquilla. Based on radon gas emissions and a series of observed tremors he tried to convince residents to evacuate, drawing much criticism from the city’s mayor and others. Giuliani was forced to take down warnings he had posted on the internet. The researcher had said that a ‘disastrous’ earthquake would strike on March 29, but when it didn’t, Guido Bertolaso, head of Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, last week officially denounced Giuliani in court for false alarm. ‘These imbeciles enjoy spreading false news,’ Bertalaso was quoted as saying. ‘Everyone knows that you can’t predict earthquakes.’ Giuliani, it turns out, was partially right. A much smaller seismic shift struck on the day he said it would, with the truly disastrous one arriving just one week later. ‘Someone owes me an apology,’ said Giuliani, who is also a resident of L’Aquila. ‘The situation here is dramatic. I am devastated, but also angry.'” – Source
Thirty seconds doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but any advance warning is better than none;
Taiwan researchers claim invention of cheap quake sensing tool – “A research team at Taiwan’s top university has rolled out a tiny low-budget device that can sense earthquakes within 30 seconds, enough time to issue crucial disaster warnings, the lead inventor said Monday. The metal tool the size of a tape deck can detect an oncoming quake’s speed and acceleration in time to estimate its eventual magnitude and warn trains to slow down or natural gas companies to shut off supplies, said Wu Yih-min, a researcher at the National Taiwan University Department of Geosciences. The tool is more precise than similar technology used overseas, and could cost as little as T$10,000 ($302) once it reaches the market, said Wu, whose skeleton research team invented the tool after about five years of study. “We can tell within 30 seconds whether it’s going to be a big or small quake,” Wu told reporters. “We can sense the scale and how much damage it’s likely to cause.” The tool, which should be fastened to a place unlikely to be shaken by forces other than earthquakes, uses a chip that costs just a few U.S. dollars, Wu said.” – Source
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