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By Ragnar Stefánsson

The targeted typical stipulations in Iceland in addition to excessive point know-how, have been the root for multidisciplinary and multinational cooperation for learning crustal tactics, in particular approaches sooner than huge earthquakes. This paintings ends up in new cutting edge effects and genuine time warnings that are defined within the publication. the consequences got in Iceland are of value for earthquake prediction study worldwide.

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The city’s inhabitants numbered 500,000. It was estimated that 90% of the buildings in the city collapsed in the earthquake, resulting in 2,000 people losing their lives. It has R. 1007/978-3-540-47571-2_1, © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011 1 2 Introduction: Background to the work [Ch. , 2006). The notion that earthquake prediction was possible was gaining impetus. The Chinese prediction was based on a number of observations. To name a significant few, they observed small earthquakes, changes in the levels and chemical content of groundwater, changes in surface elevation, as well as changes in the magnetic field and electrical signals.

3057). S. 2). 6 Introduction: Background to the work [Ch. 3. Points show the sequence of large earthquakes (magnitude around 6) in the Parkfield area, California, since 1850, the actual number in the sequence, and the year of occurrence. , 1988) (modified from Bakun and McEvilly, 1984). The time of the actual occurrence of the seventh earthquake (September 28, 2004) is shown by a point above it (modified from Bakun and McEvilly, 1984). 3). The pattern outlined above was studied using well-established statistical methods (see Bakun and McEvilly, 1984) and the prediction was based on these methods.

In such cases it is better to reach a kind of a consensus about what in general can be expected from the Earth’s crust rather than listen to speculative theories about the crustal beast lurking beneath the surface. Lack of knowledge reduces the responsibility on our shoulders to provide warnings and prepare responses. Deeper knowledge of seismic behavior, on the other hand, puts responsibility on the shoulders of those scientists who think it is indeed possible to provide useful warnings about impending earthquakes.

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