With the increasing devastations caused by earthquakes, the need for accurate forecasting is necessary. The US scientists unveiled a new system to help improve the forecasting accuracy of earthquakes in the long-term.
The new method uses a combination of geological records and GPS tracking to effectively help assess earthquake risk, as researchers presented it at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Kaj Johnson, a geophysicist from the University of Indiana said,
This is the most realistic model to date. This is something that people have been asking for years now – it’s the next step.
Paul Segall, Geophysicist from Stanford University and co- author of the study said,
People say ‘let’s compare the rates of fault movement from GPS to rates of fault movement from geological studies.
But it’s as if you’re measuring different parts of the same thing with different tools. The discrepancy can be quite big.