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Can we predict earthquakes?
« on: 07/12/2010 18:10:08 »
Is earthquake prediction for California truly a problem beyond the powers of science, or is there something that actually can be done, yet isn’t? David Nabhan, author and former Earthquake Preparedness Coordinator, delivers a hard-hitting case for determining higher-probability windows for seismic activity on the US West Coast.

Read the article then tell us what you think...
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« Reply #1 on: 07/12/2010 21:03:22 »
"Is earthquake prediction for California truly a problem beyond the powers of science,"

No, Science has already predicted that California will be hit by big quakes.

"is there something that actually can be done, yet isn’t? "
Yes, build structures that are resistant to quakes, or move.
The latter is more reliable.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 07/12/2010 23:13:53 »
Actually, there is a theory that significant amounts of radon are released some time prior to earthquakes. There is some work going on at the moment to invesigate this.

BTW, you should not assume that earthquakes are confined to California. I've lived in the UK and in California for long periods, and the only significant earthquake I ever experienced was in the UK.
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« Reply #3 on: 23/10/2011 10:24:53 »
What is the latest research into self-organising criticality in non-equilibriums systems as a consideration in the likely answer that the earths crust forms such a system - and consequently there is a strong power law governing the frequency of earthquakes making their prediction virtually impossible (particularly with regard to size)?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 23/10/2011 22:38:53 »
A very well written piece that seems to highlight one of the sad facts of science when it comes to the "established" view.  Like an old Victorian gentleman unwilling to accept an alternative.

I think after reading this article the writer makes some very poignant observations and one wonders why at least the scientific community has not made serious investigations in to what seems like common sense after reading.

Not only does it raise questions of the cause of Earthquakes but also opens the door for many more questions such as other gravitational influences within our solar system.

You only have to look at the so called active moons of other planets in our solar system to see that gravity is the cause.  Can we really continue to ignore such provocative data?
 

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