Oh if only we could predict an earthquake early enough before it comes thus giving us just enough time to save our lives and maybe who knows a few properties.
If only the prediction of an earthquake were to be as easy as meteorologists predicting the weather what a wonderful world it would be!!!!
But unfortunately not! It is not easy predicting the occurrence of an earthquake.
Scientists and experts all over the globe are battling vigorously to find a means of achieving this but it isn’t easy. But the good news is today scientist have a better understanding of earthquakes than they did several decades ago. They have brilliant equipments and devices that can measure the magnitude of an earthquake, the nature of the earthquake among other significant things about earthquakes. This is good news at this point.
There is however a mighty hurdle our scientists of today are facing, which is how to predict an earthquake early enough before it occurs. But all hope isn’t lost as geologists and scientists are relentless and are stepping up their efforts to solve this big issue of predicting earthquakes before they happen. And indeed they are gaining some significant achievement. As of today, geologists and scientists in general are employing several methods to solve the problem of predicting the likelihood of future earthquakes. And one of these methods our scientists have employed is by studying the rocks of an area – mostly an earthquake prone area.
What scientists and geologists do here is, they take an intent examination and study of the rocks of an earthquake prone area. There aim here is to find out one valuable thing, which is to determine whether the rocks in that particular earthquake prone area are strained. And if the rocks there are indeed strained, then there is a cause for alarm. According to them a strained rock means that there is a high chance of another earthquake occurring in that particular area.
Our brilliant scientists also use another very important method where they deeply study the faults of an area – particularly an earthquake prone area. In doing this, scientists measure the level of accumulated or gathered strain energy on the fault each year. Having got this valuable information, they then proceed in measuring the energy level of the last earthquake and also they measure the amount of time passed since the last significant temblor. The geologists and scientists gather this significant information and put them together. They then study it critically in order to find out one thing, which is the buildup time it would take for the fault to build up such a significant amount of stress or pressure sufficient enough to cause an earthquake.
This method is a giant step towards making the successful prediction of future earthquakes a reality. This method has been used successfully in the United States on California’s San Andreas Fault. More studies into this big issue are being done relentlessly all over the globe. I have this feeling that soon scientists would be able to accurately predict earthquakes before they occur and save millions of precious lives and even properties.
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