After each large destructive earthquake in the world, shocking images are presented to the adults and children on the TV and through the Internet. All sorts of questions arise: Some of them are very rational, whereas others are driven by fear of a global catastrophe or even a curse. For example, in March 2011, after the giant Tohoku, Japan, earthquake, seismologists everywhere were asked to provide explanations and often to give their opinion on what had happened. How could there be such a disaster? Can it happen to us? Many took the time to talk to students in classrooms to...

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