The Internet has been a sensation since the day it was born. This thing is actually a web of hundreds of undersea data cables. The Internet has many uses like social media, e-commerce, education etc. But these are just some overrated words. According to a recent study by GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the internet could be used as an earthquake detection system.
Volcanologist Philippe Jousset explained that the scientists experimented on this concept, by sending laser light waves expanded to 15 km area. These pulses were sent through optical fiber cables in Iceland. The researchers used this method to measure the vibrations under the earth.
“Our measurements revealed structural features in the underground with unprecedented resolution and yielded signals equaling data points every four meters,” said Jousset. “This is denser than any seismological network worldwide,” he further added.
The last month report gives information that these experiments are not new. It says that optical fibers are able to identify earthquakes up to 18,500 km far away. Although the GFZ experiment is the world’s first to measure these seismic activities with the help of long optical fiber cables.
The scientists claim that the equipment and machinery are highly expensive. But these experiments can give us the most accurate and low-cost method of detecting earthquakes.
How does this technology work?
In this technique, the researchers install one seismometer at every four meters. After which they are able to discover the previous fault in the gap between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates. All of this happens with the help of very thin and highly distributed equipment. The cables are all over the land and under the sea.
Optical fibers will obviously help us to grow the quake detection knowledge. However, this is just the starting of the highly advanced future of earthquake detection systems. The internet as a whole is going to place itself as the most reliable, durable and real-time observed quake detection system. Many discoveries are about to be done. Many experiments are about to come.