18 May '11, 3pm

Atmosphere heated up before the Japan quake, new data suggests #earthquake #japan

18 May 2011: Atmosphere Heated Up Before Japan Quake, NASA Data Suggests New data released by NASA shows that the atmosphere above eastern Japan was flooded with electrons and heated dramatically in the days before the devastating March 11 earthquake . According to scientists from the Goddard Space Flight Center, the total electron content in the ionosphere over the quake’s epicenter spiked significantly in the days before the earthquake, reaching a peak three days before the 9.0 quake. Meanwhile, satellite measurements showed a steep increase in infrared emissions above the epicenter in the hours before the quake, possibly suggesting that large amounts of radon were released as a consequence of increased stresses in a geological fault. The radioactivity of the radon apparently ionized the atmosphere on a massive scale, triggering increased condensation of water. In turn, ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/atmosphere_heated_up__before_...

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