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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:05 PM

Analysis: Scientists underestimated potential for Tohoku quake. Now what?

[font face=Serif][font size=5]Analysis: Scientists underestimated potential for Tohoku quake. Now what?[/font]


[font size=3]CORVALLIS, Ore. – The massive Tohoku, Japan, earthquake in 2011 and Sumatra-Andaman superquake in 2004 stunned scientists because neither region was thought to be capable of producing a megathrust earthquake with a magnitude exceeding ̴ 8.4.

“Since the 1970s, scientists have divided the world into plate boundaries that can generate 9.0 earthquakes versus those that cannot,” said Goldfinger, a professor in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. “Those models were already being called into question when Sumatra drove one stake through their heart, and Tohoku drove the second one.

“Now we have no models that work,” he added, “and we may not have for decades. We have to assume, however, that the potential for 9.0 subduction zone earthquakes is much more widespread than originally thought.”

Both Tohoku and Sumatra were written off in the textbooks as not having the potential for a major earthquake, Goldfinger pointed out.


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reteachinwi Jan 2013 #1

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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:21 PM

1. And the Higgs boson


decays into two electrons too often to match the standard model. The Mayans were right.

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