In news not related to fighting, Saudi Arabia and Japan collaborate in an underwater drilling project. This is geared towards predicting earthquakes more accurately. In a report by the Arab News, there are some threatening earthquakes suspected in the sea off the coast of Japan.
Researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and both Japanese and American scientists are working together on this.
Saudi Arabia has an unmatched oil drilling experience and this will come into play during the course of the project.
It involves digging far into the sub-sea sections of the earth’s crust in the Nankai Trough. It has been seen as a notorious seismic zone located in the southern coast of Japan. Also, it has been the site of fatal tsunami-generating earthquakes throughout Japan’s history.
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According to a Google result, the Asian country has suffered many earthquakes. The report reads:
“Japan has a notorious earthquake history. About 1,500 earthquakes strike the island nation every year. Minor tremors occur on a nearly daily basis. Deadly quakes are a tragic part of the nation’s past.”
In March 2011, an earthquake and Tsunami rocked Japan and wreaked unprecedented havoc. This is because the flooding caused 15,898 deaths, left 6,157 injured, and 2,531 people went missing. It reached a magnitude of 0.9, which is major in seismic measurements.
This further makes the research more important. They believe that they can see earthquakes before it happens and thus, take the necessary precautions. In issues of natural disasters, proactiveness is the best route.
All the researchers are aboard the Chikyū (a Japanese research ship) and it has already reached a record depth below the sea. The team has drilled 3,262.5 meters below the seabed already. The seabed itself is about 2,000 meters below sea-level.
Thomas Finkbeiner said the aim is to save lives and prevent damage to property. The petroleum geomechanics also referenced the 2011 disaster. He is also a senior research scientist with the KAUST.
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