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PubTalk 4/2011 - Predictable Earthquakes

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Title: Predictable Earthquakes - updating earthquake prediction - fact vs. fiction 

  • 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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