Earthquake misconceptions and myths are plentiful and can sometimes surprise seismologists (see Table 1). We have all heard poorly documented stories about strange animal behavior before an earthquake, the (usually postearthquake) predictions from psychics about imminent earthquakes, or the enduring myth that people can fall into a chasm when the earth opens up during an earthquake, only to be crushed when it closes again.

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A web search can reveal numerous examples of these misconceptions, some of them corrected on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS, 2018) or Earthquake Country Alliance (2011) websites. Interestingly, lessons of the past remind...

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