Earthquakes are a force of nature. They exist in order to release the tension built up by the movement of tectonic plates—the bases of Earth’s crust.
Preventing earthquakes would cause unimaginable destruction if it were even possible. And it is not possible.
Regulating earthquakes, however, may prove to be beneficial to society without damaging the natural order of Earth. Scientists have discovered that injecting liquid into fault zones can trigger mild earthquake activity.
In one study, researchers were able to turn earthquakes on and off like a lamp. Perhaps releasing Earth’s energy regularly in relatively mild tremors would limit the possibility of larger, more destructive quakes.
One problem with this plan is that injecting anything into an already unstable area can cause the very earthquakes it is meant to prevent.