28882305 story Air Guns Shake Up Earthquake Monitoring 38 Posted by samzenpus on Sunday February 05, 2012 @12:50PM from the shake-it-up dept. sciencehabit writes "Petroleum geologists have long used air guns in their search for oil and gas deposits. Sudden blasts from the devices generate seismic waves that they use to map underground rock formations. Could the same technique be used to study earthquakes? A team of Chinese scientists thinks so. The researchers have designed an air gun that could be useful in monitoring changes in stress buildup along fault zones."