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...The segment of the megathrust facing the coast's biggest city, Padang, has recorded three mega-earthquakes in the last seven centuries, they say, first in about 1360, then around 1605 and finally in 1797 and 1833, a pair of tremors that are classed together as one because the second quake was triggered by the first. "That gives us a cycle that averages out at 220 years," says Sieh. "If we calculate from 1797, that would mean that we are due for another quake any time now. And then there's the added pressure on the fault from the two quakes in Aceh and Nias"...

...Sieh and his colleagues are principally concerned about the effect of a quake and tsunami on Padang, a city of nearly 1 million inhabitants strung along a beach halfway down Sumatra's west coast...

...The walls of the [Padang] command post feature photographs of the only other major initiative taken by the Padang city government: mass prayers at which local cleric and businessman Boy Lestari led three hour-long chants imploring God to spare the city. "There is no better way to prevent a tsunami from happening but to bring yourself closer to Allah," says Lestari, who doesn't believe in the scientists' forecast...

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