Nepal Earthquake : Heartbeats detected by NASA Radar saves the lives of 4 Nepali Men stuck under wreckage
The earthquake in Nepal has given a chance for a large amount of arcane gadgets to prove their uses to the human race which range from military operated drones to satellites in orbit. Last week, aide workers equipped with two prototype FINDER devices rescued four Nepali men stuck under 10 feet of bricks, mud, and other rubble in the quake-stricken village of Chautara. These people were located after the FINDER device found their heartbeats.
Originally developed by NASA, FINDER stands for Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response. FINDER is a microwave-radar technology to assist in the finding of extra-terrestrial life on planets outside the solar system.
Dr. Reginald Brothers, an official at the Department of Homeland Security said “The true test of any technology is how well it works in a real-life operational setting. No one wants disasters to occur, but tools like this are designed to help when our worst nightmares do happen.”
The FINDER is developed with the power to identify people buried under 30 feet of rubble, 20 feet of solid concrete, and those 100 feet away in open spaces. FINDER can even distinguish between animal and human heartbeats. This is very helpful in making better use of man-power where in one won’t be wasting time to save an animal instead of a human life.
David Lewis, president of a private company who is associated with NASA’s Science and Technology Directorate is the person who is responsible to bring this device to Nepal.
FINDER is only a prototype at the moment. The FINDER is in the process of becoming a device that will be largely manufactured and will be sold to find and save teams around the world.