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Monday, 22 October 2012

Is there really any sure-fire way of predicting earthquakes?

Today six Italian seismologists were convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison for 6 years for failing to predict the earthquake that hit L’Aquila in 2009

But can we really predict earthquakes? Watch this video report to find out more:

BBC News article: Can we predict where earthquakes will strike?

Some scientists in Japan have been carrying out a study to see if there is actually a link between animal behaviour and earthquakes. Mice, fish snakes and cats amongst others, are being monitored using pedometers in their collars to measure movements.

However, not everyone is convinced and some say that if this was really the case, this would have been utilised before in order to help predict quakes.

Watch the report here:

Being prepared:

VIDEO - There are many things that can be done to prepare for a potential earthquake, as this earthquake drill known as ‘The shake out’ in California illustrates:

VIDEO – The same focus on educating people and preparing buildings happens in Chile, in order to minimise casualties:

VIDEO – So how do you build in order to reduce the likelihood of buildings collapsing during an earthquake? Find out more here via a demonstration here:

IMAGE – This annotated picture shows some of the ways in which houses can be built to reduce the impact of an earthquake:

Source - National Geographic
Original image available here:

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