posted on Sep, 29 2004 @ 06:03 PM
The magnitude 6 earthquake that rocked central California on Tuesday may have been the most widely anticipated earthquake in history. It will almost
certainly also turn out to be the most precisely measured earthquake ever.
The location and magnitude of the earthquake had been predicted. But the problem for forecasters was that it happened about 16 years later than
The tiny town of Parkfield, with a population of 37, is the only location for which the US Geological Survey has ever issued a detailed earthquake
prediction. Magnitude-6 earthquakes had been recorded there about every 22 years between 1857 to 1966, leading the agency to issued a formal
prediction that another magnitude-6 quake would strike the area sometime around 1988.
I would love to say better late than never, but it is my hope and everyone else's I am sure that earthquake prediction becomes accurate enough in the
future, for people to have time to evacuate the areas in which they are to occur. They have been taking about "The big one" forever and it is only a
matter of time before it happens.