Earthquakes happen suddenly and without warning, often causing mass devastation to populations living close to fault lines. It is not possible to predict earthquakes, but we can use geology to determine how often, how big, and where earthquakes are likely to occur. I’ll explain why it is such a challenge to accurately forecast earthquakes, and show how our research on faults from Mongolia to Italy is leading to a better understanding of how and when earthquakes may strike.
Dr Laura Gregory is an Earth Scientist at the University of Leeds. She specialises in studying earthquakes and faults using fieldwork, chemistry and geomorphology. She works on a range of timescales – from the seconds of a single earthquake to the million-year building of mountain ranges. When not in the field or the lab, Laura can be found running (plodding) in the Yorkshire hills.
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