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Economic Satellites Signals to indicate Natural Disaster

Here is plan for new project to safeguard the people from Natural Disaster through economic & compact process from satellites to predict earthquakes when it occurs and taking respective actions, a team of British and Russian scientists have launched this project, an agreement to work together on the project, that was signed in Moscow.


TwinSat project involves the launch of 2 satellites:
One is (about size of a TV set)
And the other (smaller than a shoebox)

which will orbit the earth a few hundred kilometers apart, The Independent reported
.

These 2 linked satellites will monitor zones with high seismic and volcanic activity, such as Iceland and the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russia's Far East.

Data from the satellites will be collated with data from the ground as the scientists try to understand what natural warnings are given prior to earthquakes.
"As stress builds up in the Earth prior to an earthquake, subtle electromagnetic signals are released that can be read from the upper atmosphere,"

- Alan Smith, director of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at the University College, London.

Vitaly Chmyrev, of the Institute of Physics of the Earth, in Moscow, one of the Russian partners, said
The possibilities for progress in earthquake research were extremely exciting.

Chmyrev also added, that in the days leading up to the devastating earthquake in Haiti last year, satellites picked up electromagnetic signals from the area, but they were only analyzed after wards.

This project could be a huge step towards understanding how to read the signals.

"Just imagine if we could have accurately predicted the Haiti earthquake a few weeks before,"

said Chmyrev.

"Or if we had predicted the Icelandic volcano eruption that paralyzed transport routes for weeks. The potential human and economic benefits are enormous."

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"Because the satellites were so small, the technology was relatively cheap,"

"These satellites are absolutely incredible; you can almost hold them in the palm of your hand,"

said Peter Sammonds, professor of Geophysics at UCL and another member of the project team.

The first satellite launch is planned for 2015.


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