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Underwater Telecom Cables Make Superb Seismic Network

1 month ago   |   By News Center

Researchers employed 20 kilometers of a 51-kilometer undersea fiber-optic cable, normally used to communicate with an off-shore science node (MARS, Monterey Accelerated Research System), as a seismic array to study the fault zones under Monterey Bay. During the four-day test, the scientists detected a magnitude 3.5 earthquake 45 kilometers away in Gilroy, and mapped previously uncharted fault zones.
Adapted from a news release by UC Berkeley :
Fiber-optic cables that constitute a global undersea telecommunications network could one day help scientists study offshore earthquakes and the...
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