Seismology: H-Bombs for Earthquakes

Nature's brute strength is never more frightening than during a major earthquake. The earth shifts with a sickening sway. Gaping fissures open in the ground. If the temblor strikes a populated area, roads may be torn up, buildings toppled and untold lives lost — as happened in Northeast Iran last year, when as many as 22,000 people were killed in two successive quakes. Such destructive force seems as devastating as a man-made nuclear blast. Fascinated by the awesome similarity, three Uni versity of Miami seismologists have now proposed using the power of the...

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