Predicting Earthquakes: Are We There Yet?
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Duck! Drop! Cover! When the ground literally begins shaking under your feet, the first thought that comes to mind is to run to a safe place and hide. Experiencing an earthquake, even the relatively mild ones can be quite scary, especially when you have no pre-warning about it. For more than 200 years, geoscientists and researchers have been puzzled by earthquakes and finding a guaranteed method to predict them in real-time. This is partly due to the huge amounts of seismic data that needs to be collected and studied, and partly due to the complex jumble of natural factors involved, that might affect the chances of an earthquake. 

However, over the last few years, with the advancement in machine learning, humans may be getting closer to predicting earthquakes and thereby saving crucial lives and infrastructural damages. What are these technological leaps and why is predicting earthquakes still a huge challenge? Read more to find out…

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