SCIENTISTS have been testing an ‘artificial brain cell’ project in the Alboran Sea which they hope will be able to predict earthquakes a week before they happen with more than 80 per cent efficiency.
Although there is equipment in existence which attempts to predict earthquakes, they are far from perfect and would not have the new system’s ability to develop and provide accurate analysis of data, researchers have said.
Led by professors Francisco Martinez and Antonio Morales, the Geo-technology and Structures investigation group at the University of Sevilla has been studying data from the Alboran Sea, one of the most active seismic areas at the moment, and their system looks likely to be able to detect upcoming large movements up to a week in advance.
Almeria Province has fallen victim to more than one large earthquake in the past, in fact some areas such as Vera have suffered widespread damage on at least two occasions and other villages were literally wiped out back in 1522.
The authorities are fully aware that the area is likely to suffer again in the future and is preparing for the fact, with the Junta de Andalucia regional government’s Earthquake Emergency Plan recently updated, and architects and technicians gathering data on those buildings likely to be worst affected and planning how to prevent crises.