Hello all. OSOP is very excited to announce the development of a new addition to our early warning system. Our new sensors will not only be able to locate and measure the magnitude of events but we are testing their ability to predict events before they occur. And yes, as per the OSOP way, they will be fully automated and easy to maintain.
Many studies have been done to test different phenomenons and their relation to the onset of large earthquakes. Our focus on precursors include changes in surface tilt measured in micro-radians and change in humidity due to pre-seismic dilatation. The key to our all-in-one location and prediction system is the fight-or-flight response and keen senses which are already genetically encoded in small animals. Animals which live in seismically active regions are believed to have evolved some sort of earthquake detection and response behavior which, in it simplest form, is just a hyper sensitivity to P waves. Many reports have documented ‘odd’ behavior in animals prior onset of strong ground motion. This ‘odd’ behavior often occurs days before the event.
We believe that by implementing small rodents into our system we can create an early warning system unrivaled by any in the world. Although I cannot divulge more into our revolutionary patent-pending earthquake prediction methods; to measure magnitude and location of events our sensors will measure the adrenalin, direction and velocity of the rodents as they attempt to flee. Please see figure 1 for a detailed schematic. For more information please refer to ‘Earthquake Prediction by Animals: Evolution and Sensory Perception’ by Joseph L. Kirschvink , 2000.
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