The man who predicted the tsunami
Just one week before the devastating 9.0 quake and tsunami, he spoke at a conference in San Francisco, explaining how a big earthquake and tsunami were overdue in the region. "No one can predict exactly when an earthquake will happen, but it was clear that this area was at relatively high risk and such an event would definitely happen one day," he said after the devastation. "We told them it would kill people, wreck infrastructure and destroy livelihoods. But our warnings were falling on deaf ears. My team and I decided to bypass the national and local government and start warning people directly. I hope our efforts saved some lives." Sieh believes this means another quake could be on the way: "There is some evidence that the stresses on the tectonic plates south of the epicenter may now have increased and raised the chances of another major earthquake."