The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) announced that it will conduct an urgent study of the large-scale earthquake which occurred off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on December 26, 2004. The study will be the first to observe the actual epicenter of the earthquake that devastated coastal regions in Asian countries along the Indian Ocean coastline.
JAMSTEC is a partner in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, an international marine research program that advances scientific understanding of the Earth by monitoring and sampling sub seafloor environments. IODP scientists investigate the deep biosphere, environmental change, and solid earth cycles via multiple drilling platforms. The programs lead agencies are the U.S. National Science Foundation and Japans Ministry of Culture, Education, Sports, Science, and Technology.
The proposed JAMSTEC study rests on the premise that the historic earthquake and tsunami have prevented the local sea area from returning to normal, due to aftershocks. The study, starting sometime between February and March will observe the seafloor area of the earthquake epicenter.
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