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The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI


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Sscientists are cautious when asked how much progress they have made using A.I.

Artificial intelligence is being used to help better understand earthquakes, predict their behavior, and warn of seismic events faster and more accurately.

Credit: Jean-Francois Podevin

Scientists are using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve data analysis to better understand earthquakes, predict their behavior, and warn of seismic events faster and more accurately.

This research largely relies on neural networks training computers to extract patterns from massive volumes of ground-motion measurements.

Harvard University's Brendan Meade used a neural network to run an earthquake analysis 500 times faster than previously, and with Google researchers also demonstrated the networks' ability to forecast aftershocks.

Dovetailing with this is the notion that smaller and more affordable sensors will enable scientists to collect larger amounts of seismic data, from which new insights could be derived using neural networks and similar AI methods.

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology are employing such solutions to build systems that can more accurately identify earthquakes as they transpire, predicting the location of the epicenter and tremor propagation.

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