Earthquake Prediction Remains a Moving Target

According to Max Wyss, when the Beatles first shook the world with hits like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You,” in the early 1960s, scientists were clueless as to why the Earth literally rattles and trembles on occasion.

“What I’m trying to say is this is a very young, recent advance to know why this planet has earthquakes,” said Wyss, who is the director of the World Agency of Planetary Monitoring and Earthquake Risk Reduction in Geneva, Switzerland.