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Uncharted seismic risk


The potential for earthquakes along the plate boundaries has been mapped with reasonable success. Our attention should now focus on the threat posed by unanticipated quakes located in the continental interiors.

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Figure 1: Earthquake deaths over the past century15.
Figure 2: The city of Bam, southeastern Iran, in the aftermath of the 26 December 2003, Mw 6.6 earthquake.



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England, P., Jackson, J. Uncharted seismic risk. Nature Geosci 4, 348–349 (2011).

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