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Plane sensors to help predict earthquakes

SCIENTISTS say new aerial studies of the Earth's surface could help predict where earthquakes and landslides may occur.

Specialist sensors carried by planes take measurements that allow experts to pinpoint areas of land that are changing shape as a result of the Earth's plates moving.

A team from Edinburgh University has used the data to investigate how these movements – known as tectonic activity – have impacted on hills in California's San Andreas Fault.

The data reveals how tectonic activity has shifted land up, down and horizontally at a ridge called Dragon's Back. This type of movement is typically associated with earthquakes, which often occur at the boundaries between plates.

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