No matter how much technology has progressed, predicting where and when the next big earthquake will strike is still difficult. Forecasting of weather has gained pace since years but foretelling about when an earthquake will take place is still difficult.
When the world’s most devastating earthquakes like the one in China in 2208, Haiti in 2010, and Japan in 2011 occurred, there was no prediction given from the seismographs and stated them to be safe. Also, the hazardous earthquake occurred in 1994 in Los Angeles was not predicted in the seismic maps. With the emergence of Artificial Intelligence, things have become easier and Scientists are able to study, analyze, and anticipate the seismic data in a better way.
Paul Johnson, one of the scientists involved in the research, stated: “I am actually hopeful for the first time in my career that we will make progress on this problem.” The “hopeful” word is used because of several prediction failures about earthquakes and scientists are striving their best to provide reliable forecasts with the help of Artificial Intelligence.
Zachary Ross, a researcher at California Institute of Technology involved in exploring the AI techniques, stated, “Rather than a sequence of words, we have a sequence of ground-motion measurements. We are looking for the same kinds of patterns in this data.”
He added, “We are at a point where the technology can do as well as – or better than – human experts. The more detail you have, the better your forecasts will be.”