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Deepest scientific ocean drilling sheds light on Japan's next great earthquake

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Tectonic stress in Japan's Nankai subduction zone is less than expected

Scientists who drilled deeper into an undersea earthquake fault than ever before have found that the tectonic stress in Japan's Nankai subduction zone is less than expected, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington.

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Keeping one step ahead of earthquakes

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As technologies continue to improve, earthquake-prone cities will be better prepared

While accurately predicting earthquakes is in the realm of science fiction, early warning systems are very much a reality. As advances in research and technology make these systems increasingly effective, they're vital to reducing an earthquake's human, social and economic toll.

Damaging earthquakes can strike at any time. While we can't prevent them from occurring, we can make sure casualties, economic loss and disruption of essential services are kept to a minimum.

Building more resilient cities is key to withstanding earthquake disasters. If we had a better idea of when earthquakes would strike, authorities could initiate local emergency, evacuation and shelter plans. But unfortunately, this is not the case.

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Machine learning and earthquake risk prediction

Sinkholes and liquefaction on roads in Christchurch, New Zealand; Credit: Wikimedia Commons

New framework applies big data, supercomputing to soil liquefaction

Homes and offices are only as solid as the ground beneath them. When that solid ground turns to liquid -- as sometimes happens during earthquakes -- it can topple buildings and bridges. The phenomenon is known as liquefaction, and it was a major feature of the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, a magnitude 6.3 quake that killed 185 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

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