This is exactly like one of my stories! They had a ton of moon quake seismic records and couldn't deal with it in the 70's. Enter Moore's Law, and now they can process it. Very neat.
My story was the same. They had a ton of seismic data on the great lakes from previous unsuccessful oil exploration. Modern computers processed it and revealed the deep megathrust geology beneath Ontario. We never processed Lake Huron, we left that for the Bruce deep nuclear waste thingie to completely ignore! Is that criminal? No, stupidity is always a valid defense.