Undersea fiber-optic data cables could be repurposed to detect earthquakes

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In a world of ever more ubiquitous wireless internet, it’s easy to forget that our ability to get online continues to rely on the laying of miles of fiber-optic cables not just on land but also along the ocean floor. Could these same cables also be used to help detect earthquakes and look at other earth science issues? A new project carried out by researchers at Rice University, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute suggests they could.




source: Digital Trends

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