Why can't we predict earthquakes?

India
November 12, 2006 8:27pm CST
Why can't we predict earthquakes?
2 responses
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
13 Nov 06
The Earth's surface is made up of giant slabs of rock, or tectonic plates, that move at an average of several inches per year, and are the underlying cause of earthquakes. With regard to earthquake prediction, people have tried to associate an impending earthquake with such potential precursors as seismicity patterns, electromagnetic fields, weather conditions and unusual clouds, radon or hydrogen gas content of soil or ground water, water level in wells, animal behavior, and so on - thereby hoping that the observed seismicity foreshadows its destruction by such observables phenomena. Thus far, controversy has arisen because most conclusions have been made from a small data set, sometimes without well-understood physical phenomenon in mind to explain the claims. This is particularly a problem when the data set is noisy or there are questions regarding how it is gathered.
@fuad721 (88)
• United States
13 Nov 06
i dont know ..lol