In many countries of the world people are so used to earthquakes that a little jolt of the
ground barely raises an eyebrow. But since the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster In Japan
at the very latest the issue of seismic security has taken on new urgency. The consequences
of a quake can no longer be seen as just local or regional but must be viewed as a global
phenomenon. With this awareness scientists are now taking a worldwide look at the
mechanisms that trigger earthquakes.