Web hits used to pinpoint earthquakes

2019-03-02 05:03:00

INTERNET traffic counters used to measure web hits could rival dedicated seismological equipment as a way of detecting earthquakes. Visits to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre’s (EMSC) website surge after a quake as people rush to find out what has hit them. Now EMSC researchers have used software to map visitors by their IP addresses. The technique accurately located an earthquake in February 2007 near the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean within just 15 minutes (Eos, vol 89, p 225). The software also identified regions that had lost internet access from a lack of hits,