Fifty years ago scientists claimed that induced earthquakes can be used to control and reduce earthquakes. However, in reality this is not true. Contemporary research does not speak in favour of induced earthquakes. This excerpt from 1969 describes how scientists planned to defuse earthquakes.
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The Federal Council for Science and Technology … recommends a 10-year national earthquake research program to find ways to predict when and where quakes will strike and … [how to] defuse and prevent earthquakes, or at least modify them. Basically, the idea is simple: Inject fluid into underground rock, release the strain and produce a gradual series of tiny earthquakes or tremors instead of one violent jolt. — Science News, February 8, 1969
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