14 Apr '11, 12am

Japan seismologists were so fixated on a possible quake on the southern coast that they were 'blinded': Academic

Japan seismologists were so fixated on a possible quake on the southern coast that they were 'blinded': Academic

An elderly woman walks amongst tsunami damage in the town of Yamada, Iwate prefecture. Japan's seismologists were so fixated by the risk of a big quake on the southern Pacific coast that they had become 'blinkered' to the risk of the March 11 magnitude 9.0 earthquake. -- PHOTO: AFP PARIS - JAPAN'S seismologists were so entrenched in outdated beliefs about seismic hazard that they became blinkered to the risk of the March 11 mega-quake, a commentary in a top science journal charged on Wednesday. Writing in the journal Nature, Robert Geller, an American who is professor of seismology at the University of Tokyo, said Japanese government scientists had become fixated by the risk of a big quake on Japan's southern Pacific coast. This had skewed their view of the risks for the country's north-east, where the 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami left more than 26,500 people dead or mi...

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