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Using Commercial Ships to Detect Tsunamis

·By civilbeat

Researchers may have uncovered a better way to detect potentially deadly tsunamis before they reach land: Commercial ships equipped with GPS devices.

A new joint study by researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center say that commercial ships equipped with the right devices can accurately detect and measure tsunamis generated by earthquakes — even out in open ocean far from the earthquake’s source.

UH researcher James Foster and his colleagues found that out by happy coincidence when their research vessel Kilo Moana