Can earthquakes be prevented?


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Earthquakes cannot be prevented and are rarely predicted correctly. The scientists who study and work on earthquake facts are still working on a system that might correctly predict earthquakes. The effects of earthquakes can be reduced by looking at the geological history of a place and seeing if it has suffered from such types of events before.

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Looking at these historical facts allows people in the area to build structures that can withstand the sometimes devastating impact of an earthquake. These earthquake-resistant structures are generally used in hospitals, schools or other places where large masses of people may be gathered and unable to get to safety. The buildings can take a large amount of shaking with minimal damage.

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