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Earthquakes / Washington / Specialists Meeting / Predictions #45350

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 02, 1976
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(Studio) Minor earthquake hits Puget Sound in Washington this morning; effects felt as far north as Victoria, B.C; no injuries or damage expected. Mtgs. of nation's. top earthquake specialists ends in Aspen, Colorado, today; meeting centered on question of number of quakes taking place this year
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Aspen, Colorado) Scientists studying reason for number of quakes this year Quakes noted. (Film of Guatemala quake shown.) [US Geological Survey scientist Dr. Barry RALEIGH - says quakes have had such public impact because occurred in populated areas.] [MIT representative Dr. Joe WALSH - says anyone knowing answer to why number of quakes recently, would be famous.] (Film of California quake, February 1971, shown.) Scientists theories noted. (Satellite picture of California faults shown.) California Tech. representative Dr. James Whitcomb is testing hypothesis of California quake by next April. [WHITCOMB - explains testing of theory.] Danger area not just California. [Lamont Observatory representative Dr. Lynn SYKES - says south and eastern United States can't be ruled out.] Scientists believe new science of quake prediction just getting underway is only way to save lives by advance warning.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

Bergman, Jules;
Smith, Howard K.

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