It may be something of a long shot right now, but research into predicting earthquakes would certainly a good use of scientific investment.
But Minoru Freund, a physicist and director for advanced aerospace materials and devices at Nasa’s Ames Research Center in California, told BBC News: “I do believe that we will be able to establish a clear correlation between certain earthquakes and certain pre-earthquake signals, in an unbiased way.”
He added: “I am cautiously optimistic that we have good scientific data, and we are designing a series of experiments to verify our data.”
Despite years of searching for earthquake precursors, there is currently no method to reliably predict the time of a future earthquake. Yet, most scientists agree that some form of early warning system could save tens of thousands of lives.
Not to mention the destruction that impacts hundreds of thousands more.