NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 25, 1976
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(Studio) Earthquakes twice as frequent as usual this year and occurring in populated areas, causing greater damage than usual.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Menlo Park, California) (Films of post-earthquake Guatemala, Italy and China, 1976, shown.) United States Geological Survey report on yr's. quakes noted. No casualty figs. released in China quake; American expert, Dr. Barry Raleigh, has spent time there. [RALEIGH - estimates loss of life in August quake near Peking at 100,000 perhaps more, at conservative estimate.] Reporter notes cause of earthquakes and earthquake-prone places in US. Detection methods noted. United States Geological Survey has allocated money to study earth bulge in South California. Evidence of earth movement noted. Scientists say major faults usually slip every 100 years or so; California's San Andreas Fault hasn't slipped in 120 years [RALEIGH - says evidence leads to conjecture of large California earthquake in next decade or so; says no evidence to say it might be soon, but they haven't much experience in predicting earthquakes in South California.] Scientists say still no way to accurately predict quakes, only to predict likely areas; in US, South California at top of list.
REPORTER: Roy Neal