Science: Predicting the Quake

Since man first appeared on this planet, he has been at the mercy of earthquakes, which over the ages have devastated wide areas and killed millions of people. While scientists may never learn to prevent quakes, they may soon be able to forecast them accurately, giving inhabitants a chance to flee a threatened area in time. Early this month, for the first time, scientists predicted an earthquake—and then felt it rumble beneath their feet right on schedule.

The earth tremor, which occurred in the Blue Mountain Lake region of the Adirondack Mountains of New...

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