Nature-human Relation Versus Earthquakes: Reflection On the Public (Mis)understandings About Earthquake Prediction in China

TitleNature-human Relation Versus Earthquakes: Reflection On the Public (Mis)understandings About Earthquake Prediction in China
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsWu, Z.
Secondary TitleJournal of Engineering Studies
Keywordsearthquake prediction, nature-human relation, reduction of earthquake disasters
Abstract

Critical review on the public (mis)understandings about earthquake prediction in China leads to the reflections on the fundamental problems of nature-human relation. Applying the contemporary thinking of nature-human relation to earthquake problems, it is suggested that the difficulty of earthquake prediction and the limit of capability of modern science have to be treated objectively in considering the comprehensive countermeasures against earthquake disaters. Scientific approaches to earthquake prediction being in need to be encouraged, the effective reduction of earthquake disaters requires the "co-existence with the unpredictability of earthquakes," at least at the present time.