The Challenges and Perils of Earthquake Prediction: Part 1. Review of Global Seismicity

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Predicting earthquakes has been a goal of seismology for centuries. In spite of increasing understanding of how faults work and earthquakes are produced, predicting when a damaging earthquake will occur is still very challenging. The fundamental information for predicting earthquakes is the earthquake record of when and where earthquakes occur. This section summarizes the distribution of seismicity on earth.


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This was part of the second session of the College of Arts & Sciences "What's New in Science" series in Spring 2013.