The two recent deadly earthquakes that have struck Haiti and Chile have left us all very saddened, a little anxious, and perhaps more than a little curious about this natural disaster. I stumbled upon this older (post-Haiti, pre-Chile) earthquake prediction map on the New York Times. Note that although the Times’ map was created after the Haitian earthquake, the results used (which accurately predicted an earthquake in Port-au-Prince) were gathered before. Some may wonder why fault line hotspots, like San Francisco and Tokyo, are not on the map. Turns out, the map only includes cities with more than 1 million people and with large areas of shoddily constructed housing. Large populous cities in the Middle East, like Istanbul and Tehran, are predicted to suffer the most damage.
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