May 18, 2011

Infrared Pre-Detection of Japan Quake Possible

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A new paper presented at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland shows the rapid heating of the atmosphere directly above the fault days before the devastating earthquake hit. This is theorized to be the Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling mechanism that occurs when large amounts of radon are released due to massive stress in the fault right before the quake. This can be detected with satellites analyzing infrared waves: 'The radioactivity from this gas ionizes the air on a large scale and this has a number of knock on effects. Since water molecules are attracted to ions in the air, ionization triggers the large scale condensation of water. But the process of condensation also releases heat and it is this that causes infrared emissions.'

Interesting, if true. The chain of events makes sense. Radon ionizes the air, which causes condensation, which releases heat. Infrared cameras aboard NOAA satellites can see in infrared, and computer software can match the detected pattern to known fault lines. Worth following.

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