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Iran builds satellite, hopes to predict earthquake

02/20/12

Source: ISNA

Iranian researchers aim to build a satellite dubbed Ayat (Signs) to help predict the time of earthquakes for the first time in the country.

The deputy of Iran's industrial and scientific studies center for innovation and international cooperation Mohammad Hassan Entezari said the satellite would identify the signals sent out from the earth before or after the earthquake, adding the satellite weighs 50-70 kg and would be placed in a lower altitude.

He stressed some countries including France, China and Russia are working in this regard, noting "Ayat" satellite possesses a key role in processing the seismic disturbances before and after the shocks.

Entezari pointed out the satellite would gauge and show the seismic signals in large area, saying basic studies have been carried out and the practical process would begin after required budget is provided.

    

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