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NASA and Earling short-term seismic risk models

Several earthquakes have impacted NASA space exploration operations directly or through interruptions of NASA partners. For example, in 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan damaged the Tsukuba Space Center, leading to disruptions in the development of some NASA-JAXA joint missions, such as the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. In 2016, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Ecuador damaged the Guayaquil Space Mission Tracking Station, causing interruptions in communication with the International Space Station (ISS) and other satellites.

By using short-term seismic risk models, NASA can better predict the likelihood of earthquakes and their potential impacts on facilities and partners within weekly time-windows. This can help NASA make more informed decisions about where to locate critical facilities, how to prepare for potential earthquakes, and how to allocate resources to ensure continuity of operations in the event of an earthquake. Additionally, short-term seismic risk modeling can provide early warning alerts for earthquakes, allowing NASA to take preemptive measures to protect people and assets.

Earling's short-term seismic risk models can help NASA transfer financial earthquake risks to the insurance industry at lower costs. In the book "Re(insurers) and Earthquake Preparedness Alerts: Short-term earthquake forecasting in the insurance industry," discover how short-term seismic risk modeling can help NASA manage earthquake risks and decrease financial losses. Recent major earthquakes in the US, including those with magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.2, as well as all earthquakes larger than M5 since 2020, have been successfully modeled and tested.

As the leader in short-term seismic risk models, Earling has been detecting the risk of all unusual earthquakes larger than M5 in California and Nevada since September 2020. These states have experienced several significant earthquakes in recent years, such as the Ridgecrest earthquakes in July 2019 and the Napa earthquake in August 2014, which have caused significant damage to infrastructure and communities. With Earling's short-term seismic risk models, the risk of NASA operations in California and Nevada can be better managed through the offering of more accurate and cost-effective earthquake insurance policies during high-risk time-windows to fill all remaining gaps, which can drastically increase the resiliency of facilities located in earthquake-prone regions of California, Nevada, and other uncovered regions modeled by Earling.