Japan Seeks to Detect Quakes Earlier

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Scientists say Japan is overdue for a massive earthquake. In response, officials unveil a new system that will help detect earthquakes as much as 30 seconds faster. That small lead time is expected to cut down on confusion and damage.


Set aside global warming for a moment because scientists say Japan is overdue for a more immediate disaster - a massive earthquake. Today, officials unveiled a new system that will help detect earthquakes more quickly. A survey this year found a huge earthquake would leave hundreds of thousands of people without emergency shelter. But this new warming system could give residents as much as 30-second's warning before a quake hits. It may not seem like much, but officials hope that a little lead time will cut down on confusion, might be time enough to run outdoors or turn off the stove that could cause a fire once the quake is over.

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