I was (kindly) informed last week that the area we live in is due for a major earthquake very soon - experts say within the next six months, if its on schedule. The intensity of the quake is expected to be at least as high as the 1995 Kobe (Japan) quake which killed more than 6,400 people. Motivated by the prospect of death I began to think of ways to avoid being killed, and wondered whether it would be possible to evacuate everyone from the city (tall order I know), and detonate subterranean charges to induce the earthquake. I understand there are other issues, such as the enormous re-location problems and lack of housing once the quake hits etc. but I just wonder as a geological issue, whether it is possible to bring on the quake so it hits us on our terms rather than its.
PS. Pre-emptive retort - I’m not moving