On Oct. 8, 2005, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake ripped across northern Pakistan. In this photo, we see the village of Makhri, north of Muzzaffarabad, on Oct. 9, 2005. The “cascade” of white-gray is a collapsed mountain sending sediment into the Neelum River, altering the course of the river. This devastating earthquake killed more than 51,300 people, leaving another 3 million displaced.
In the future, experts hope that improved imaging from NASA may help predict earthquakes. Scientists believe that using techniques such as Interferometric-Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) may produce enough data to see any changes in ground motion at the surface — before the big one hits.