Earthquake researchers are currently working on computer models that show how a quake in one region can increase or decrease the potential for earthquakes in surrounding regions. Using sophisticated computer simulations like the one pictured to the left, representing a large earthquake, scientists may one day be able to predict when and where earthquakes might occur. UC Davis computational physicist John Rundle believes that within a decade, computer models will be able to "forecast some types of earthquakes with accuracy similar to that of current forecasts for hurricane paths." Read more at National Geographic Online(1).
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