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'Mouth of hell' volcano gets WiFi connection

By T.K. Randall
August 9, 2016 · Comment icon 4 comments

If Masaya erupts it could put millions of lives at risk. Image Credit: YouTube / Arnon Dattner
One of Nicaragua's most active volcanoes is being fitted with sensors that are connected to the Internet.
Volcanic eruptions can be both deadly and unpredictable, but now volcanologists are aiming to use the Internet to create an effective early warning system by having sensors fitted around the outside of a volcano that can communicate real-time data online.

The first recipient of this technology will be Masaya, a particularly dangerous volcano in Nicaragua which last erupted back in 2008, spewing huge plumes of ash over 3.8 miles in to the atmosphere.
By placing as many as 80 temperature and pressure sensors in strategic places around the crater, scientists will be able to monitor the volcano for signs of a future eruption.

"It could happen at any time and the problem is, we are not able to predict when this could happen or what sorts of signs from the volcano," said volcanologist Guillermo Caravantes.

"The goal is essentially to install all these sensors and create the most effective early warning system in the world. The long-term goal is to connect all volcanoes, this would be fantastic."

Source: Sky News | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Great idea.  They should get a lot of data that make help elsewhere.   A thought just occurred to me, since only the heat from a nuclear reaction is used to produce electricity, I wonder if a way to use the heat from lava in a similar manor by some type of recirculating system where the cooled lava gets pumped back into the "fresh" lava  I don't know at what temperature lava stops flowing easily..
Comment icon #2 Posted by Nnicolette 8 years ago
im not so sure we have any materials that can hold or contain the lava in order to direct it but that sounds like a wonderful heat source idea geothermal is very practical and this kicks it up a few notches. As for the article i am so glad to hear that someone is using thier technology to save lives with an obvious advancement.
Comment icon #3 Posted by robofox5000 8 years ago
my son's breath is the mouth of hell smells like crap im like geez brush yo fricken teeth smells like something took a dump in it XD
Comment icon #4 Posted by MWoo7 8 years ago
Hmm son's breath comment ? and what's the price of rice in China ? Alrighty how about this zinger ! : D One of Nicaragua's most active volcanoes is being fitted with sinolators to replenish induction capacitors farther down the valley. Soon Nicaraqua's neighbors will have more power than they know what to do with. Sheeze I posted to a column not here, hmm no fairsssss I post on an article somewhere on the front of the site and its posted in 10 other places too!

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