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Column: Geologists and seismologists still struggle to predict earthquakes
Rudi Kiefer
Earthquakes occur every day, and unlike other disasters, human action isn’t contributing to producing them. Indonesia just dodged another bullet when a 6.9 magnitude quake struck in the Banda Sea north of Timor on August 21. Luckily, it occurred way beneath the ocean floor at a depth of 400 miles.