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That's nice and all, but why don't they put that money into earthquake research? That would really be making a contribution to the planet.

They are. Space exploration and Earth observation from space is of a incredible help for earthquake research, and disaster prevention/mitigation.

Satellites can detect slow movements or displacements of a few millimetres, gas emissions, soil humidity, etc. apart from images, almost real-time. For earthquakes, fault study, volcanos, etc. that is a really important information.

And after a disaster, you can get images from the disaster area and quickly evaluate damages, road status, etc.

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