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Comment: 25:24 - 26:29 (01:05)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 9. Earthquakes
Keywords: Parkfield, "earthquake prediction", California, "Menlo Park", USGS

Our transcription: There are no guarantees, of course, that the Parkfield research team will be able to predict the next sizable quake in that region in time to issue a warning.
But members of the Parkfield team believe that their project is valuable even if a short-term warning is not issued.
It's enabling us to record the details of fault slip to a degree that they've never been recorded before.
If there are precursors recorded by instruments that are involved in the alert level scheme, we'll be able to detect them after the fact, and then maybe we can use them to an issue of prediction of the next moderate earthquake in California.
In the meantime, the data recording devices at Parkfield and the scientists at Menlo Park maintain their seismic vigil.

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