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Over the last decade, large horizontally mounted ring laserinterferometers have demonstrated the capacity to measure numerous geophysical effects. In this paper, responses from large ring laserinterferometers to low frequency hurricane emissions are presented. Hurricanes create a broad spectrum of noise that extends into the millihertz range. In addition to microseisms, hurricanes with established eyewalls were found to create distinct frequency peaks close to 7 mHz as they came ashore or moved over shallow water. Selected emissions from Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Dean are presented. The exact coupling mechanism between the ∼7 mHz hurricane emissions and the ring lasers remains under active investigation.


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