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Scientists: Subtle Seismic Activity Hints at Predicting Large Quakes

The ability to accurately predict earthquakes is a holy grail of geology. Now, a group of researchers says it has found a previously unrecognized pattern just before larger earthquakes, observed with the devastating magnitude-9.0 tremor in northeastern Japan in 2011. This “has the potential to help refine time-dependent earthquake forecasts,” according to an article published Friday in the journal Science. “Although it will be a long way to make earthquake predictions that are useful...

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