Science: The Jupiter Put-On

As they monitor the stresses inexorably building up in the earth along the San Andreas Fault, seismologists agree that California could at almost any time suffer another major earthquake, perhaps even more serious than San Francisco's 1906 disaster. Scientists hesitate to predict exactly when or where the big quake will come, but that has not deterred two young astronomers, John Gribbin and Stephen Plagemann. In a new book, The Jupiter Effect (Walker; $7.95), which has generally been treated seriously by the press and the networks, they prophesy that a major quake will devastate...

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