The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has estimated the number of earthquakes at about half a million a year. Some of these powerful temblors have devastated nations with thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars required for economic recovery.
Scientists are monitoring areas such as California’s San Andreas Fault and Turkey’s North Anatolian Fault to predict when the next big earthquake will occur. Jessica Warren, associate professor of geological sciences at the University of Delaware, is also exploring the middle of the ocean where earthquakes with a magnitude 6 on the Richter scale routinely occur, and what she is finding may help scientists predict earthquakes on land.
Her most recent study was published in Nature Geoscience.