IIT Madras students working on satellite detection systems to predict earthquakes
Four years ago, IITM students decided to try and predict earthquakes by measuring the low-level frequency waves released before the event. While scientists have made a lot of progress in the past few decades, earthquakes were so-far not measurable before they began. However, they were believed to emit low-level frequency waves—the kind that caused dogs and other such animals to grow agitated before the quake. These emitted waves subsequently react with the Van Allen belt, a layer of charged particles about 1000km above the surface of the Earth.
This is what the IITM students are hoping to measure and get viable predictions from.
This project has now ballooned from a small group, to over 150 people including students, professors and engineers from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
If it does succeed, the project will be the first of its kind in the world!