The great Sichuan earthquake of 12 May 2008 caught Earth scientists off guard. A year on, Alexandra Witze reports from the shattered towns on how researchers have learned from their failures.
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Alexandra Witze is Nature's chief of correspondents for America. Additional reporting by Jane Qiu, Nature's retained correspondent in Beijing.
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Witze, A. Seismology: The sleeping dragon. Nature 459, 153–157 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/459153a
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