Quake prediction myth debunked

  • Quake prediction myth debunked

    In it, he brings into question Japan's fascination with quake prediction research, a multibillion-dollar government initiative dating back to the 1970s that forms the basis of the probabilistic maps.

    Of the nine quakes since 1979 that caused 10 or more fatalities, none occurred in areas designated on the maps as high-probability quake zones, he says.

    He also decries the "cavalier approach" to building nuclear power plants on locations that the maps suggest are less at risk from major disasters, despite research data and historical records suggesting otherwise.

    Source: japantimes.co.jp