Earthquake: unpredictability is its middle name

Published in The Hindu on March 24, 2011 How safe are nuclear plants located in countries that have faults cutting across them or located close to tectonically active regions? How reliable and helpful is seismology (the science of earthquakes) in forecasting the probability of occurrence of damaging quakes? The 6.3 quake that struck Christchurch in … Continue reading Earthquake: unpredictability is its middle name

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Chile: where three tectonic plate boundaries meet

Published in The Hindu on March 4, 2010 The 8.8 magnitude earthquake had its epicentre in the Pacific Ocean about 115 km from Concepcion, Chile; it occurred at a depth of 35 km. This is not the first time that Chile has been struck by high magnitude earthquakes. The coast of Chile has witnessed 13 … Continue reading Chile: where three tectonic plate boundaries meet