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Prediction Claims Stir Greek Controversy

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Science  24 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5436, pp. 2044-2045
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5436.2044b

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For almost 2 decades, a group of Greek scientists has claimed they could predict damaging earthquakes by monitoring electrical currents in the ground. Now, they say the ground gave clear warning signs of the 7 September earthquake that struck near Athens, killing 67, and they think they may have picked up signs of another, perhaps larger, temblor in the offing. These claims are meeting with scorn, especially in the Greek scientific community.