During the European Geosciences Union (EGU) Convention in Vienna on 9 April, a Russian scientist said that Japan could face a new 9.0 magnitude earthquake sometime between 2013 and 2014.
Alexei Ryubushin of the Schmidt Institute of the Physics of the Earth presented his conclusions based on collecting low frequency seismic noise data through F-net.
F-net is a “full range seismograph network of Japan” which promotes earthquake research by providing high sensitivity seismic data, crustal deformation observations and other information which could be useful in monitoring the behavior of earthquakes, according to the local press.
The scientist said that there is still stress remaining on the crust following the Great Tohoku Earthquake of 2011, but that the next quake will take place in a different region.
“From 2013 to 2014 a great earthquake will occur in the region of the Nankai Trough (a trench that extends along the bottom of the sea from Shizuoka to Kyushu).”
Since 2012, Russia has continuously developed its earthquake prediction technology. The country has been collaborating with the UK on TwinSat, a satellite and ground station network which is designed to predict earthquakes by detecting variations of Earth’s electromagnetic field in orbit.