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PubTalk 4/2011 — "Predictable Earthquakes"

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--updating earthquake prediction--fact vs. fiction

by Susan Hough, USGS Seismologist 


  • Although scientists were optimistic about earthquake prediction in the 1970s, reliable short-term prediction has remained an elusive goal
  • What have seismologists learned from recent earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan?
  • Great strides have been made in earthquake forecasting, and to a large extent damaging earthquakes are predictable
  • Active fault zones have been identified where damaging earthquakes are inevitable -- possibly within our lifetimes




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