Science: The Telltale Waves

By detecting slight shifts in the tilt of the ground, or leakage of underground gases, or local changes in the natural magnetic field, scientists can determine that dangerous stresses and strains are building up in the earth. Yet they are still unable to predict reliably when or even where earthquakes will strike. Now, as a result of Russian findings in a remote region of Central Asia and a parallel discovery in New York State, seismologists may well have moved a little closer to a long-sought goal: developing an accurate early warning system for major...

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