Stanford researchers plan earthquake observatory with optical fibers

Stanford University

A researcher wants to turn the optical fibres used for internet into seismic sensors for monitoring and studying earthquakes. Such an observatory would be relatively inexpensive to operate and allow for the study of earthquakes in greater detail. The information gathered could provide significant applications for designing buildings with higher earthquake resiliency.

  • From Istanbul to Manila—different fault lines, similar challenges


    In September, the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) supported a knowledge exchange between Turkey and the Philippines. This addressed the challenge of building seismic resilience in megacities with high urbanization. By bringing hazard-prone countries together, the World Bank aims to facilitate progress in risk reduction.

  • Why Cape Town’s drought was so hard to forecast

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    An analysis on what drives extreme droughts suggests that anthropogenic climate change might have contributed to the current drought in Cape Town. Unlike the rest of South Africa, Cape Town does not have a predictable weather pattern related to El Niño and La Niña, making droughts less predictable and prompting calls for more flexible drought management strategies.

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