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Scientists learned to predict earthquakes from space images

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Russian and American scientists have jointly developed an automated system for monitoring earthquake warning signs from satellite images, said Sergey Pulinets, chief researcher at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

"Automated technology has been developed to identify anomalies from existing images from meteorological spacecraft," the scientist said.

According to him, Soviet scientists were the first to notice ionospheric anomalies over the areas in which earthquakes subsequently occurred, by analyzing data from the Intercosmos-19 satellite in the 1980s.

Subsequently, scientists recorded the appearance of thermal anomalies in the areas of seismic activity, which can also be detected from satellites. Anomalies occurred at different heights - from the surface of the earth to the top edge of the clouds. “The anomalies themselves were not explained by any other events,” the scientist said.

As a result, Russian and American scientists jointly developed a physical model of earthquake warning signs, as well as methods for their detection from satellite images, he explained.

10:33, 19 August 2019
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