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No way to say when an earthquake will strike, says expert

Despite years of continuing research, experts are yet to find a way to predict an earthquake like they do for cyclones and tsunamis.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 25, 2015 8:41:54 pm
nepal earthquake, earthquake Casualties were reported in Barabanki where three persons died while eight others were injured as they were trapped under the debris of a wall that collapsed in Basantapur village.

Despite years of continuing research all across the globe, a method to predict earthquakes has still not been found. Unlike many other phenomena like like cyclones, storms and even tsunami, earthquakes give absolutely no warning before striking.

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“There is absolutely no method that can predict earthquakes as of now. There is no such technology anywhere in the world. So, there is no way to say when or where the next earthquake will come, or how strong the next earthquake will be. Nobody can predict that,” Harsh K Gupta, former director of the Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute, said.

Immediately after the Nepal earthquake Saturday morning, rumours spread on the social media and mobile communication applications about more quakes on their way, stronger than the one in Nepal.

Gupta, who is also a former member of the National Disaster Management Authority, said such talk was not just “unscientific” but also “mischievous”.

“It amounts to predicting earthquakes which cannot be done with our present knowledge,” he said.

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