Researchers Found a Better Way to Detect Earthquakes With Subsea Cables

Researchers in the UK have detailed another use for the subsea cables that allow the internet to function: detecting earthquakes

The researchers note that using subsea cables to collect this data isn't novel, but the problem was that previous methods could only measure

 the researchers say(Opens in a new window) in the abstract of their Science article detailing their experiments with these systems

Their approach uses the spans of cable between repeaters to gather more data.

The researchers demonstrated the viability of their system using a subsea cable that connects the UK to Canada.

 more than 430 optical-fiber subsea cables have been deployed around the world;

That means there are plenty of opportunities to apply this research to monitoring seismic activity and the ocean's currents.

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