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Wouldn't that be nice, if we had a warning when an earthquake was going to happen? It's not for lack of trying. Researchers have been attempting for decades to predict earthquakes, but alas that nut remains uncracked, at least for now. Dr. Mirko van der Baan at the University of Alberta reminded CBC listeners in Alberta of this fact just this past week after an earthquake with magnitude greater than 4 was induced (apparently) by (it is most likely) hydraulic fracturing in the East Shale Basin Duvernay (ESBD). Oil and gas companies don't make faults. When we were talking to people about the ESBD, we pointed out that there are some natural seismic events in the area, which implies pre-existing

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