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Scientists Ripple Closer To Predicting Earthquakes

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Scientists Ripple Closer To Predicting Earthquakes

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Scientists Ripple Closer To Predicting Earthquakes

Scientists Ripple Closer To Predicting Earthquakes

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Today's state-of-the-art earthquake warning systems give only a few seconds' warning before disaster strikes. But in this week's edition of the journal Nature, a team of researchers reports that they may have some encouraging results in developing an earthquake warning system that could warn people hours in advance and save thousands of lives.

Paul Silver, a senior staff scientist with the department of terrestrial magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science and one of the seismologists working at California's San Andreas Fault on the project, discusses what they found.