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Whole Lotta Shakin' in Alaska, as Predicted

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Science  15 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5597, pp. 1316
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5597.1316a

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Seismologists found themselves out on a limb in the early 1970s when they insisted that a quake could shake the proposed trans-Alaska oil pipeline far more violently than engineers were assuming, but eventually, the pipeline was engineered to be more quake-resistant. Last week's temblor cut right beneath the pipeline, justifying the seismologists' concerns. And the engineering paid off: Not a drop was spilled.