It’s the holy grail for geologists. Can earthquakes be predicted? Northern California researchers are now identifying the slow-moving clues that may foreshadow violent quakes and studying active faults below the earth’s surface. Their work may provide even a few seconds of warning, which in earthquake country can give a vital warning to open elevator doors, slow down trains and alert firefighters.
Sheraz Sadiq is an Emmy Award-winning producer at San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED. In 2012, he received the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism award for a story he produced about the seismic retrofit of the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system which serves the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to producing television content for KQED Science, he has also created online features and written news articles on scientific subjects ranging from astronomy to synthetic biology.