On March 11, there was an earthquake off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, which was branded the largest earthquake throughout the instrumental observation period. Many blame it on an approaching global catastrophe. What do geophysicists think about these predictions? Why did the earthquake of such magnitude occur right here and now? Why was it a surprise for scientists? When will the scientific earthquake prediction become possible?

Leopold Isayevich Lobkovsky, Geophysicist, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Dr. Sc. in Physics and Mathematics, Deputy Director for Geology of the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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