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Old 12-29-2003, 05:07 PM   #16
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Originally posted by Sherry Darling
Does anyone know, can we predict earthquakes like we can (supposedly) hurricanes and such?
We are nowhere close to predicting earthquakes as we can hurricanes. Research continues here in California, as well as in sesmic active areas like Japan, looking for potential lead indicators of earthquakes.

The ability to "predict" aftershocks is really limited to mathematical models from prior quake experiences.

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Old 12-29-2003, 08:47 PM   #17
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Even hurricane prediction isn't an exact science. Take it from me,I've been through quite a few. They finally quit trying and now just give a range of possibilities. but -at least you have some advantage to run north. How scientist could predict where or when a fault line will shift is completely beyond me. I can only hope they will be able to....someday and soon. This is too sad and tragic.

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Old 12-30-2003, 08:30 AM   #18
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Thanks, you two. That's what I figured. I can't believe how high the death toll has gotten! I'm glad a lot of aid and help seems to be on the way, but there is only so much you can do, and the longer it takes the fewer you're going to save.


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