A new project called the Global Earthquake Forecasting System has high school students monitoring earthquakes with NASA.
In Kitchikan, Alaska, students in the Tribal Scholars Program began the cutting edge research recently to identify early earthquake signals.
Students started collecting data from the GEFS platform shortly after it was installed on the roof of Ketchikan High School. Sensors track pre earthquake signals, which include carbon monoxide, sulfer dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide along with electrical currents.
Pre earthquake signals are created when tectonic plates move or collide, creating electrical current and gasses created when passing through biological material.
It’s important to measure pre earthquake activity, as the early warning can save thousands of lives, enabling people to evacuate if necessary.
The students will relay the data and their findings to scientists not only at NASA, but all over the world