For the first time, fibre optics could do more than just connect us to the internet, but also give us advanced warning of a quickly approaching earthquake, according to a brand new study led by Dr. Tzahi Lior of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
“The fact that so many earthquakes these days originate at sea was the catalyst for this study,” says Dr. Lior. “Most of our seismic detection equipment is on land, so we only notice the earthquake through the waves crashing on the beach. That difference can be what helps us prevent damage to critical infrastructure, and more importantly, it can mean the difference between life and death.”
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