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In an article originally published March 14th, New Scientist explains why earthquakes are so hard to predict, how seismologists have tried to foretell quakes in the past, and what promising approaches may lead to successful prediction in the future.

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A second earthquake—magnitude 7.4—has hit northeastern Japan, prompting a tsunami warning. The quake, strong enough to move buildings in Tokyo, hit 125km north of the devastated Fukushima plant, where officials are now checking for further damage.

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In an environment as inhospitable as Japan's wasted Fukushima nuclear plant, there's no feasible way for humans to partake in salvage efforts. Which is why Japan has called on the services of 23 brave rescue robots to enter the heart of darkness.

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Japan's Healthy Ministry has advised villagers near the nuclear plant to not drink the tap water because of radioactive iodine. Ministry spokesman Takayuki Matsuda said that radioactive iodine three times the normal level was found in water 30km away from the nuclear plant. The contaminated water is only one twenty-sixth of a chest X-ray and poses no danger, but it's better to be safe at this point.

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In footage guaranteed to make your stomach drop, watch the tsunami wave approaching from the bridge of a Japanese ship. Although it is hard to believe, speeding straight into the 30+ foot wave is the safest way to approach a tsunami at sea.

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At 3:40pm local time in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, an explosion shook the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Four people were reported injured from the initial blast, but broader concerns over increased radiation leakage have lead officials to double the evacuation zone around the plant from 9 to 19 kilometres. What the ultimate fallout will be is anyone's guess.