The United States has opened a new seismic monitoring station on 'Easter Island, in the Pacific Ocean.
AV: Coastline of Easter Island.
SCU: Sign of installation of NASA optical study station for the Earth's crust.
GV PAN: Aerials and antennae with crowd of people seated beside installation.
SV: John South, head of NASA's Chile section speaks (SPANISH/SOT) (2 shots)
SV: John South cuts tape around observation domes (2 shots)
SCU PULL BACK TO GV: Technicians at work at controls (2 shots)
SV: Technicians operate electronic machine (2 shots)
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Background: The United States has opened a new seismic monitoring station on 'Easter Island, in the Pacific Ocean. The mobile unit was established in January 1983 by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The opening ceremony was performed by Mr. John South, head of NASA's Chile section, who said the station would play an important part in monitoring and predicting the likelihood of earthquakes throughout the world, by studying the movement of the plates which make up the Earth's crust. With the help of a satellite, in orbit 6000 kilometres above the earth, the three NASA technicians, Vincent Coates, Ezra Owens and Raul Aguilera, from the University of Chile, will be able to measure plate movements which can cause earthquakes along the South American coast. For example, existing scientific data suggests Easter Island moves 15 centimetres close to the South American mainland each year. The new monitoring station, however, will give scientists a significantly more accurate picture.