From Volume 38, Issue 21 of EIR Online, Published May 27, 2011
Russia and the CIS News Digest

New Earthquake Precursors Paper from Russian Team Kindles Optimism

May 21 (EIRNS)—Authors Dimitar Ouzounov of NASA, Sergey Pulinets of Russia's Institute of Applied Geophysics and its Space Research Institute, and six collaborators from NASA and Russian scientific institutes, presented on May 13, a preliminary writeup of their oral reports from April's European Geophysical Union (EGU) 2011 meeting in Vienna, on electromagnetic precursors of the Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 11, 2011. Its methodology and conclusions will be entirely familiar to viewers of Pulinets' April interview with Daniel Grasenack-Tente available at

In an international scientific world heavily seeded by LaRouchePAC's fight for science and the cognizability of earthquakes and volcanoes, the release of this new paper last week helped unleash a storm of optimism internationally. The authors' abstract follows.

"The recent M9 Tohoku Japan earthquake of March 11, 2011 was the largest recorded earthquake ever to hit this nation. We retrospectively analyzed the temporal and spatial variations of four different physical parameters—outgoing long wave radiation (OLR), GPS/TEC, Low-Earth orbit tomography and critical frequency foF2. These changes characterized the state of the atmosphere and ionosphere several days before the onset of this earthquake.

"Our first results show that on March 8th a rapid increase of emitted infrared radiation was observed from the satellite data and an anomaly developed near the epicenter. The GPS/TEC data indicate an increase and variation in electron density reaching a maximum value on March 8. Starting on this day in the lower ionospheric there was also confirmed an abnormal TEC variation over the epicenter.

"From March 3-11 a large increase in electron concentration was recorded at all four Japanese ground based ionosondes, which return to normal after the main earthquake. We found a positive correlation between the atmospheric and ionospheric anomalies and the Tohoku earthquake. This study may lead to a better understanding of the response of the atmosphere/ionosphere to the Great Tohoku earthquake."

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