There remain unidentified victims from the February 22 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, and on Monday a three-day investigation will begin in the hopes of naming those people. Police have identified 172 of the 181 victims killed in the 6.3-magnitude disaster, but there are still nineÂ victims whose names should be registered and death certificates issued, according to the New Zealand Herald. Police have not been able to match the names of the missing with the remains, the newspaper reports.
Watch a March 3 video of the ferocious winds and other bad weather that hampered rescue attempts after the quake.
The New Zealand earthquake, the devastating March earthquake in Japan, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake have prompted the question: Why can't seismologists predict earthquakes?Â Researchers say prediction is a tough nut to crack. "To make the kind of accurate, short-term predictions people want, one would need to identify a reliable precursor - some signal that we could observe that tells us that a big quake is imminent," writes Susan E. Hough, a seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey and a science writer.