Scientists seek foolproof way to predict earthquakes using magnetic waves

January 6, 2013 CALIFORNIATwenty-three hundred years ago, hordes of mice, snakes, and insects fled the Greek city of Helike on the Gulf of Corinth (map). “After these creatures departed, an earthquake occurred in the night,” wrote the ancient Roman writer Claudius Aelianus. “The city subsided; an immense wave flooded and Helike disappeared.” Since then, generations of scientists and folklorists have used a dizzying array of methods to attempt to predict earthquakes. Animal behavior, changes in the weather and seismograms have all fallen short. One theory is that when an earthquake looms, the rock “goes through a strange change,” producing intense electrical currents, says Tom Bleier, a satellite engineer with QuakeFinder, a project funded by his parent company, Stellar Solutions, of Cambridge, Massachusetts. “These currents are huge,” Bleier said at the AGU meeting. “They’re on the order of 100,000 amperes for a magnitude 6 earthquake and a million amperes for a magnitude 7. It’s almost like lightning, underground.” To measure those currents, Bleier’s team has spent millions of dollars putting out magnetometers along fault lines in California, Peru, Taiwan, and Greece. The instruments are sensitive enough to detect magnetic pulses from electrical discharges up to 10 miles (16 kilometers) away. “In a typical day along the San Andreas fault (in California), you might see ten pulses per day,” he told National Geographic News. “The fault is always moving, grinding, snapping, and crackling.” Before a large earthquake, that background level of static-electricity discharges should rise sharply, Bleier said. And that is indeed what he claims he’s seen prior to the half dozen magnitude 5 and 6 earthquakes whose precursors he’s been able to monitor. “It goes up to maybe 150 or 200 pulses a day,” he said. The number of pulses, he added, seems to surge about two weeks before the earthquake then drop back to background level until shortly before the fault slips. “That’s the pattern we’re looking for,” he said. –NG
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11 Responses to Scientists seek foolproof way to predict earthquakes using magnetic waves

  1. Chris says:

    …. and then, triangulate the geographic source of the electrical discharges to see if the epicenter of an earthquake would be located at the same point of your triangulations… logic but needs further study.

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  2. mtnwolf63 says:

    Fascinating! That was just a theory in the past, that quakes are associated with electric discharges. Now it has been proven. It is commendable of Stellar Solutions to fund this research. Somebody there must of been thinking “outside the box”.

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  3. Joseph t. Repas says:

    Alvin; Do you think there is any kind of connection with this discovery and some of the strange noises heard around the world? BTW… hope your health is good..In the USA many of us have some kind of bug and I am sure that many of those that do have gotten a flu shot this year.

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  4. Marshallrn says:

    Too little, too late.

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  5. The Internation Earthquake & Volcanic Prediction Centre seem to have nailed the process by measuring gravity changes, proton counts etc. Word has it that they’ve successfully predicted at least 3 major quakes…

    Interesting that they liken it to lightning underground. We were close to the epicentre of a 5.5 magnitude earthquake near Christchurch and I tell people it sounded like underground thunder for a couple of hours afterwards. I guess we could call them Terra-storms!

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    • Louise Page says:

      “Underground thunder” is exactly what I have been describing to some others, of my observations of even some movements which ‘set-off’ local seismographs, which are not strong enough to be felt as ‘you’ go about your daily activities.
      I’ve ‘always’ thought that the Earth gives off this electro-magnetic energy prior to earthquakes occurring (as well as after) Some of this can actually be sensed if you are ‘tuned-in’ to it, as well as keenly observing animal behaviors.
      Some people may think I am a little strange with the sort of things I mention above, and I am not a scientist or study in depth the above. I just get feelings about this stuff.
      Some of the ‘ancient’ peoples were spot on with their observations, and today we can combine this valuable knowledge with modern technology, and the observations of many others to help communities prepare (to some degree) and be maybe forewarned of a potential ‘event’.
      Peace to all.

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  6. nickk0 says:

    Given that ‘earthquake lightning’ is a known phenomenon, it seems they are going in the right direction – by trying to measure the electrical discharges.

    I can see seismologists slapping their foreheads and saying, “why didn’t we think of that sooner?”

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  7. Irene C says:

    Well, this is something I don’t know much about, but if a system that would have some degree of accuracy to (somewhat) predict earthquakes, that would be wonderful and maybe more lives could be saved.

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  8. olden1936 says:

    The idea makes perfect sense; if you squeeze a crystal it produces electricity. If you feed electricity into a crystal it vibrates. So earthquakes must simply be squeezed crystals of rock on a huge scale. I feel better now!

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  9. chris says:

    ever since we have had earthquakes here in canada there has been a strong magnetic field coming up threw the ground into houses it feels like a tight pressure in the head certain muscles get tight chest gets heavy with a heavy heart beat seems to happened 4/5 days after the quake and lasts for weeks or even a month. certain rooms you feel it more stronger. it moves around. if someone can tell me if this is actually caused by the earthquake or is it theys waves there shooting in the ground. im not the only one experiencing this.

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