March 11 Tōhoku earthquake created largest disturbance ever seen in ionosphere

August 9, 2011TOKYO – The giant 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, this year not only shook the Earth, but also rattled the highest layer of the atmosphere, scientists find. This research could lead to a new type of early warning system for devastating tsunamis and earthquakes. Past research revealed the surface motions and tsunamis that earthquakes generate can also trigger waves in the atmosphere. These waves can reach all the way to the ionosphere, one of the highest layers of the atmosphere. Now scientists report the Tohoku quake generated the largest such disturbances seen yet, creating ripples in electrically charged particles reaching nearly 220 miles (350 kilometers) above the Earth. Investigators measured these disruptions, called seismo-traveling ionospheric disturbances, using about 1,000 global positioning system (GPS) receivers in Japan and Taiwan. Disruptions of the electrically charged particles in the ionosphere would lead to anomalies in radio signals between the ground receivers and the GPS satellites, data that scientists can measure. Scientists detected a disc-shaped rise in electron density in the ionosphere about seven minutes after the earthquake. Concentric waves of fluctuating electron density then flowed out in the ionosphere from this disk at speeds of about 450 to 500 mph (720 to 800 kph). All in all, this disruption was about three times greater than the next largest one ever seen, which came after the 2004 magnitude 9.3 Sumatra earthquake. The ripples that flowed from the initial disc-shaped disturbance in the ionosphere appear to be linked to the tsunami, a connection that has the potential to save lives. “This signature in space that we can see with GPS could provide early warning that a tsunami is coming,” researcher Jann-Yenq “Tiger” Liu, an atmospheric scientist at Taiwan’s National Central University, told Our Amazing Planet. –Our Amazing Planet
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8 Responses to March 11 Tōhoku earthquake created largest disturbance ever seen in ionosphere

  1. Ron says:

    Sounds like Haarp to me. Kind of fishy this article relates earthquakes/tsunami’s to the Ionosphere, when there are many who relate Haarp with these same events using the Ionosphere.


    • MatthewB says:

      Ron, that was my thought as soon as I read the heading…


    • Star1111Seed says:

      Those of you who know about HAARP should beware that The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) the gigantic scientific instrument which is used to smash atoms may not be at all innocent of some other things that are happening to earth. Man like it’s been foretold is trying to play God.


    • Dennis E. says:

      Rita: Dennis E. Here. Yes they might and have.There is a reported UN treaty prohibiting nations from using weather weapons against one another.
      With weather weapons, they report that they can make nuclear weapons obsolete.
      The placement of the HARRP Facility in Alaska has ability to put energy anywhere on earth bounced from the ionosphere according to reports.
      It is also reported that these weapons can steer the jet stream, create tornadoes, hurricanes, magify the sun?
      I did a google search.
      Interesting information.
      I ponder the thought that if man is tampering with the weather and with the ongoing earth changes that are occurring, then we are at the tipping point of a major disaster and make things worst than what they will be.


  2. dennis says:

    Minor earthquake felt in coastal plain and north Israel – Haaretz Daily …


  3. jon says:

    I concur with your statement Ron


  4. JerseyCynic says:

    Hey Al’s back

    taking a lot of crap from readers (“Kocharoach-es”)

    I don’t know what to believe anymore.

    Anyway — fantastic early morning gazing. I actually caught a few!

    Can’t wait for tomorrow morning


  5. Connie Smith says:

    I heard about the LHC and it’s worse than HARRP ! It was created during WW 2 and now the Brits have it and are using it for experiments. The scientist has found that we now have tiny Black Holes in our atmosphere only thing we can’t see them. These people have created the Monster that will destroy the world or us.


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