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Study: Slow-Motion Movements Predict Strength of Future Earthquakes

Scientists know where earthquakes are likely to occur, but not when. Now, however, an American geologist and his team have found that it may be possible to forecast how strong an earthquake may be. The Earth’s crust is made of a mosaic of tectonic plates that move slowly, sometimes sliding under one another. Where that happens - it’s called a subduction zone - earthquakes can occur. “They’re the kind of earthquake that made the big Japan earthquake in 2011 and the Sumatra earthquake...

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