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An amalgamation of content: the aim not to politicise, but exercise. I'll think aloud about politics, technology, current news, as well as being a gay boy and what that really entails.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Predicting earthquakes, saving lives...

"When it comes to earthquakes, however, patterns are prone to pitfalls.

In 1974 the Chinese government -- responding to signs of an imminent earthquake, rising groundwater and erratic behavior in animals -- ordered the people of Haicheng out of their homes and into the street. Nothing happened.

Six weeks later they did it again -- and Haicheng was devastated by a 7.3 earthquake. More than 2,000 people were killed, but the precautionary evacuation of buildings was credited with saving 150,000 lives.

A year later, however, no one predicted the 7.6 earthquake that struck Tangshan, with a population of more than 1 million. That quake killed more than 250,000 -- perhaps as many as a half-million people."



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