Seismologists are unlikely to be able to predict when or even where an earthquake will strike next, but they can reduce the hazards they create.
Earthquake experts Dr Brian Baptie and Dr Susanne Sargeant from the British Geological Survey talk to science writer and broadcaster Richard Hollingham about how the BGS monitors earthquakes all over the world - including the UK.
There are anywhere between 100 and 200 detectable earthquakes every year in the British Isles and a network of UK-based seismometers set up by the BGS can pick up ruptures in the Earth's crust not just in the UK, but from all over the world. Every time there's an earthquake in the UK, people can go to the BGS website to record their experiences.
Seismologists can tell the difference between different types of earthquakes by speeding up recordings of the sounds they make.
By combining information about earthquakes, seismologists can build up a clearer picture of how they behave and use that to minimise the risks they pose to people all around the world.
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