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Why can't we predict earthquakes? [videorecording (DVD)] / BBC Productions ; a BBC/Discovery Channel co-production ; produced and directed by Mark Radice.


Public Safety Canada Library



Alternate Title

Horizon (Television program)

Call Number

QE 538.8 W4 2009d



  • [London] :  BBC, c2009.


1 videodisc (50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. (DVD)


Originally broadcast as an episode of BBC-TV program Horizon.
Distributed in Canada by McNabb Connelly.


This program asks the question that is bugging geologists, seismologists, town planners, big businesses and ordinary people alike, in seismic zones all over the globe; how can we predict an earthquake? Travelling into the high-stakes world of seismic research, we meet the men and women trying to answer this question and the extraordinary experiments that are pushing the limits of this fast-moving science. From mud to maths; rocks to clouds; cats, dogs and snakes – it’s all part of the quest to discover what many are calling the ‘Holy Grail’ of Earth science. Visiting China and the site of the devastating earthquake that struck Sichuan Province, we meet the people who saw strange lights in the sky; a geologist who can ‘see’ quakes buried in the metres of mud beneath the floor of the Atlantic Ocean and visits the little village of Parkfield, CA – known as the ‘earthquake capital of the world’, because it’s been struck by quakes so many times. Finally the film goes underground with the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth where they’re drilling a borehole more than two-and-a-half miles deep into the heart of an active earthquake zone, to try and understand how and why quakes behave as they do.



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