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Research predicts size, magnitude, timing of lab earthquakes

3/12/2019

David Kubarek
March 11, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the first time, the magnitude, time and duration of earthquakes in a laboratory setting were predicted by a team of researchers from Penn State and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This research improves our understanding of earthquakes and could eventually lead to prediction measures in real-life scenarios, according to the researchers who published their results in a recent issue of Nature Geosciences.

For decades, researchers have been able to create earthquakes in a lab setting. However, finding a pattern of when they will occur has remained elusive. For this work, researchers used machine learning — a computer-based approach to data analysis — to probe for the missing cues.  More

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