Responses to Iben Browning's Prediction of a 1990 New Madrid, Missouri, Earthquake

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Iben Browning predicted that a major earthquake would strike the region of New Madrid, Missouri, on about December 3, 1990. Although nearly all seismologists rejected Browning's prediction, it was so well publicized that public agitation rose to serious levels. This report tells how this earthquake prediction became credible to many members of the media, emergency preparedness personnel, and the general public. Appendixes to the report include many press clippings, some of Browning's work, and other material pertaining to this episode.

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