The recent article in Eos by Kafka and Ebel  is a criticism of a NASA press release issued on 4 October 2004 describing an earthquake forecast (http://quakesim.jpl.nasa.gov/scorecard.html) based on a pattern informatics (PI) method [Rundle et al., 2002]. This 2002 forecast was a map indicating the probable locations of earthquakes having magnitude m>5.0 that would occur over the period of 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2009. Kafka and Ebel  compare the Rundle et al.  forecast to a retrospective analysis using a cellular seismology (CS) method. Here we analyze the performance of the Rundle et al.  forecast using the first 15 of the m>5.0 earthquakes that occurred in the area covered by the forecasts.
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