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Lucy Jones: Can earthquakes ever be predicted?


By: Talk to Al Jazeera

One of the world’s leading seismologists discusses the disaster in Turkey and Syria a month later.

At around 4 a.m. on February 6, the ground in southern Turkey and northern Syria shook for more than a minute, while most people were asleep.

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake – with an epicenter 32km (20 miles) west of the Turkish city of Gaziantep – had hit the region, breaking up the ground and causing extensive damage.

And nearly 10 hours later, another magnitude 7.5 seismic event shook the region again.

Since then, more quakes and aftershocks followed.

But what can we learn from what happened in Turkey and Syria a month ago?

Seismologist Lucy Jones talks to Al Jazeera.

Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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