Altiscale and QuakeFinder Announce Strategic Partnership for Earthquake Forecasting Research
Altiscale and QuakeFinder Announce Strategic Partnership for Earthquake Forecasting Research PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – Jul 26, 2016) – #Altiscale, ( #Hadoop ) the leading provider of Big-Data-as-a-Service, and #QuakeFinder, a humanitarian research and development project to forecast earthquakes, today announced a strategic partnership to analyze QuakeFinder’s large scientific data set to uncover correlations between earth-emitting electromagnetic signals and earthquakes. The goal of this project is to enable an earthquake forecasting system that provides days to weeks of advance notice of major earthquakes, ultimately saving lives. QuakeFinder is among a growing group of international scientists and researchers seeking to understand the earth’s electromagnetic activity in the weeks prior to major earthquakes. Since 2005, QuakeFinder has developed and deployed a network of 165 sensors along fault lines in California, Chilé, Peru, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Greece. Based on the theory that rock near its fracture point releases electrical energy, QuakeFinder’s remote stations employ highly sensitive magnetometers to collect Ultra Low Frequency (ULF) magnetic disturbances resulting from electrical pulses near the future earthquake hypocenter. QuakeFinder has amassed approximately 70 terabytes (TB) of data, including detailed data from over 140 earthquakes. QuakeFinder is a “moon-shot” initiative sponsored by Stellar Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of aerospace-related engineering services to the commercial and government sectors.