Fiber optic cables on the bottom of ocean floors may potentially be a less expensive way than current buoys to act as early warning systems for tsunamis, according to Michigan EARTH seismologist and Assistant Professor Zack Spica.

“Telecommunication companies have been laying down these fiber optic cables for the last 30 years, and have spent hundreds of billions of dollars to do that,” said Dr. Spica. “Now, thanks to advanced photonics and great computing power, we can turn fiber optic cables into super dense, high fidelity arrays of sensors.”

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