Evaluating man-made earthquakes made easier

Man-made earthquakes are one of the greatest hazards to living beings on earth. Every year many people lose their lives owing to the generation of man-made earthquakes around the globe.

But now, we can heave a sigh of relief as the concerns related to the earthquake will be reduced soon. An international team of researchers at Stanford University, California, has designed a novel software tool that is capable of estimating the probability of activating a human-made earthquake. The software is named as “Fault Slip Potential.” This software will be free and accessible across several platforms. The user will be able to download the software from March 2, 2017.

Fault Slip Potential software is proposed for decreasing the ability to explode synthetic earthquakes in the areas where manufacturing activities associated with gas and oil industry are expected to stimulate slide in close by faults.

The function of the Fault Slip Potential software is founded on 3 main parts of data that will help in detecting the vision of an error being pressed to slide. First, is to know the amount of sewage that can increase the aperture pressure at the sites of gas and oil generation activities. Second, is the concept of the pressures acting in the globe, and the third, is data about the already existing faults in the area.

Mark Zoback, Co-researcher, said, “A fault is present in every crust of the earth has a fault, and hence shouldn’t be ignored. But with the aid of advancement in technology, such hazards can be identified and hence dodged. The tricks and steps to determine which faults can pose a threat are very challenging, but with this new software, we can easily identify them.”

Surely, this technique is a milestone achieved that will save many lives by reducing the chances of man-made earthquakes. What do you think?

Post Author: Rutuja Bhegade

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