Vladimir Keilis-Borok, scientist who sought to predict earthquakes, dies at 92 in California

A prominent University of California, Los Angeles, seismologist and geophysicist who sought to predict earthquakes has died.

The Los Angeles Times reports ( that the Oct. 19 death of 92-year-old Vladimir Keilis-Borok was announced by UCLA, where he had been a professor since 1998.

The Russian scientist became well-known after a large earthquake in Japan and another in Central California occurred in 2003 within a time frame that was forecast by his international team of quake experts.

He then announced that an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 or larger would strike before Sept. 5, 2004, in a 12,000-square-mile area of the Mojave Desert. But that prediction failed, and skeptics scoffed that he had simply been lucky the first two times.

Other experts continued to respect his efforts.


Information from: Los Angeles Times,