Take 2: Can Earthquakes Be Predicted? (Part 1)

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Scientists have never been able to reliably predict major earthquakes.

For an earthquake prediction to be meaningful, it has to specify a time, location, and magnitude range that is unlikely to occur randomly. 

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An earthquake prediction must contain three elements:

  • the date and time it will happen
  • the location, and
  • the magnitude.

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Seismologists would love to be able to predict a major earthquake. Watch Part 1 to learn what is required. This animation compares an earthquake to a heart attack. 

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