A robot submarine piloted by oceanic researchers is broadcasting live from the ocean floor off the Oregon Coast in hopes of discovering if there is a link between the leakage of methane gas from the ocean floor off Astoria and any imminent threat of another Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.
The crew of the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, a research vessel operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust, and its remotely operated vehicle, Hercules, are scouring the Astoria Canyon looking for a research breakthrough that may help create an early warning system that the quake is about to occur.
Methane can nourish certain ecosystems on the ocean floor as well as suggest certain geological activity underground.
Watch the live stream at NautilusLive.org. The mission off the Pacific Northwest coast continues through June 20. Here is a recent video taken from their deep water research robot. You can also learn more about the sea probe in The Oregonian. Click here.
To view an informative video on the mission of the Nautilus click here.