By F. Mulargia,R.J. Geller

what's the very first thing that standard humans, for whom reporters are the proxy, ask once they meet a seismologist? it really is definitely not anything technical like "What used to be the tension drop of the final earthquake within the Imperial Valley?" it's a sim­ ple query, which however summarizes the genuine calls for that society has for seismology. this query is "Can you are expecting earthquakes?" unfortunately, even though the sensation of omnipotence triggered by means of modem expertise, the reply at this time is the very contrary of "Yes, of course". the first motivation for the query "Can you are expecting earthquakes?" is sensible. No different usual phenomenon has the great damaging strength of a giant earthquake, an influence that's rivaled merely by means of a wide scale struggle. An earth­ quake in a hugely industrialized quarter is in a position to adversely affecting the econ­ omy of the entire international for a number of years. yet one other motivation is cognitive. the purpose of technological know-how is 'understanding' nature, and the best way to teach that we comprehend a phenomenon is the power to make actual predictions.

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