Book Review: The Politics of Earthquake Prediction
The subject book provides a detailed account of an incident spanning the mid 1970s through the early 1980s. The ‘Brady-Spence’ prediction is named after the two U.S. government scientists who utilized a developing theory of rock fracturing as applied to forecasting coal mine collapse, and expanded the technique to predict large seismic events. They issued a prediction of a major (~Magnitude 9) earthquake to occur near Lima, Peru in the summer of 1980. This prediction, initially made years in advance and limited to scientific circles, eventually made its way into the Peruvian public realm.
Basically, all hell broke loose….