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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Editorial: The killer aftershock

Published in The Hindu on February 25, 2011 Barely six months after Christchurch, New Zealand's second largest city, was struck by a 7 magnitude earthquake, the city was the target of another quake of 6.3 magnitude on Tuesday. This one, the sixth aftershock of last year's tremor, turned out to be a killer. Prime Minister … Continue reading Editorial: The killer aftershock