Investing legend Bill Miller is trying something new to predict markets: Earthquake science.
Miller is using insights from geophysics to identify financial-market shocks before they happen, according to The Wall Street Journal. The system tries to predict when conditions will be primed for buying or selling — and how aggressively a fund should buy or sell — by using market prices and other measures.
He reportedly told the newspaper his firm, Miller Value Partners, is hoping to develop a "quantitative model that would add value when the market's going up and when it's going down."
The Journal also reported that he is only testing this strategy in a private fund he runs for his family that had about $15 million as of last December.
Miller is considered one of the best investors ever, after beating the market for 15 years in a row while working at Legg Mason.
Miller Value Partners did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.