Scientists Find Link Between Surges Of Cosmic Radiation From Space And Earthquakes

Researchers from the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFJ PAN) in Krakow, Poland, have found a link between surges of cosmic radiation from space and earthquakes on Earth.

Impending earthquakes can be witnessed from space. Photo for representation: IFJ PAN/NASA/JSC

Scientists have identified a striking link between earthquakes and changes in the intensity of cosmic radiation measured on Earth’s surface, according to a recent study. This correlation could aid in earthquake prediction by up to two weeks, however, the ability to predict specific locations remains unclear at present.

Cosmic ray data shifted 15 days forward relative to seismic data can help predict earthquakes, according to researchers from the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFJ PAN) in Krakow, Poland. The research paper was published in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, June 2023 edition.

The researchers looked into verifying a previously known hypothesis that earthquakes could potentially be predicted by observing changes in cosmic radiation. “A correlation between the two phenomena does indeed exist, but it manifests characteristics that no one had expected,” the institute wrote on its website.

IFJ PAN started the Cosmic Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory (CREDO) project in 2016 — an international, virtual cosmic ray observatory accessible to all. It aggregates and processes data from numerous detectors, including particular smartphone sensors transformed into cosmic ray detectors via a simple app.

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A fundamental responsibility of CREDO is to track worldwide alterations in the flux of secondary cosmic radiation that reaches our planet’s surface. This radiation primarily originates in the planet’s stratosphere.

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