Earth scientists are sometimes confronted with people's fear of earthquakes as expressed in letters or phone calls or during media interviews. At the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), a steady increase of inquiries about earthquakes has been noticed over the last few years. People contact the Seismicity Section after a felt event, after a media interview, or often simply after visiting our Web site. Some of the messages or phone calls have an emotional content. In these communications, people can express their fear or their anxiety when dealing with a real, or a perceived, earthquake. In our opinion, Earth scientists...

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