FAIRBANKS, Alaska - While Mother Nature cannot be stopped, there are things we can do to aid in predicting what she might throw at us next.
Since 2015, scientists at the UAF Geophysical Institute have placed 13 seismometers at Minto Flatts, in an effort to gain insight into seismic events that differ slightly from normal earthquakes. One of them is Carl Tape.
"Some of them look lie normal earthquakes, but they have a start that is very different from other earthquakes, and others don't look like earthquakes at all but are easily detected by seismometers and people looking at them." Said Tape.
Tape says by tracking these events, scientists hope to better understand the start
of an earthquake which an last for seconds, up to hours or even days.
Alaska has two major fault lines that surround the interior creating "fault zones".
These fault zones produce high magnitude, damaging, earthquakes.
Tape says that while there is obviously no way to prevent an earthquake, having the advanced notice to be better prepared is something they want to work towards.
"There is a huge push globally, especially in Japan and the Western U-S, toward getting advanced warning, just when an earthquake starts somewhere, you have some advanced warning to give people whether it is stopping a high speed train or letting a surgeon know when a shake is coming." Tape said.
While the study is still in the early stages, those working on it are excited to see what discoveries it will lead to.