Predicting the Unpredictable

Predicting the Unpredictable

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An earthquake can strike without warning and wreak horrific destruction and death, whether ita€™s the catastrophic 2010 quake that took a devastating toll on the island nation of Haiti or a future great earthquake on the San Andreas Fault in California, which scientists know is inevitable. Yet despite rapid advances in earthquake science, seismologists still cana€™t predict when the Big One will hit. Predicting the Unpredictable explains why, exploring the fact and fiction behind the sciencea€”and pseudosciencea€”of earthquake prediction. Susan Hough traces the continuing quest by seismologists to forecast the time, location, and magnitude of future quakes. She brings readers into the laboratory and out into the fielda€”describing attempts that have raised hopes only to collapse under scrutiny, as well as approaches that seem to hold future promise. She also ventures to the fringes of pseudoscience to consider ideas outside the scientific mainstream. An entertaining and accessible foray into the world of earthquake prediction, Predicting the Unpredictable illuminates the unique challenges of predicting earthquakes.The mainstream earthquake science community dismissed the prediction from the beginning. A lone voice of support continued to come from David Stewart. Stewart, who earned a PhD in geophysics from the University of Missouri at Rolla , anbsp;...

Title:Predicting the Unpredictable
Author: Susan Elizabeth Hough
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2016-11-01

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