NewsBREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR

A Disaster and a Warning—But of What?

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Science  23 Dec 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6063, pp. 1634
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6063.1634

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When it struck on 11 March, the great Tohoku earthquake jolted seismologists as much as it did the Japanese mainland. Japan is the most intensively monitored region in the world, but its vaunted geophysical network gave no clear warning of the impending catastrophe. The unforeseen cataclysm has everyone, seismologists included, wondering where the next blow will come from.