New System Can Warn of Tsunamis Within Minutes
With that quake, the system identified the event as a potential tsunami earthquake after eight and a half minutes, and sent a notification out shortly thereafter. When applied to a production warning system, the tool will be most valuable, since analysts are available 24/7 to evaluate the algorithm results.
- Andrew Newman, assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
Seismologists have developed a new system that could be used to warn future populations of an impending tsunami only minutes after the initial earthquake.
The system, known as RTerg, could help reduce the death toll by giving local residents valuable time to move to safer ground. The study by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology appears in the March 5 edition of Geophysical Research Letters.