Experts: Early warnings mitigated Japan disaster (AP) – 1494th Edition

Kunihiko Shimazaki, a leading seismologist and head of the government's earthquake prediction advisory board, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo Thursday, May 12, 2011. The science of predicting earthquakes has never been an exact one, as evidenced by the death and destruction caused by Japan's recent disaster. But experts say significant advances are being made — and improvements already in place may have saved countless lives. 'I think it saved many people,' Shimazaki said. 'Particularly with the tsunami warning, it gave people time to act.' (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)AP – Though earthquakes can’t be predicted, experts say an early warning system that detects the earth’s rumblings before they can be felt saved countless lives when Japan’s once-in-a-millenium disaster struck two months ago.

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