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EarthSci 4 - Earthquake

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    EarthSci 4 - Earthquake EarthSci 4 - Earthquake Presentation Transcript

    • Focus, Epicenter, and Fault
    • Elastic Rebound Hypothesis
    • Elastic Rebound Hypothesis
    • Seismograph
    • Seismogram
    • Seismic Waves Paths Through the Earth
    • Measuring EarthquakesP Waves - Are push-pull waves that push (compress) and pull (expand) in the direction that the waves travel - Travel through solids, liquids, and gases - Have the greatest velocity of all earthquake waves
    • Measuring EarthquakesS Waves - Seismic waves that travel along Earth’s outer layer - Shake particles at right angles to the direction that they travel - Travel only through solids - Slower velocity than P waves
    • Earth’s Interior Showing P and S Wave Paths
    • Measuring EarthquakesLocating an Earthquake Earthquake Distance • The epicenter is located using the difference in the arrival times between P and S wave recordings, which are related to distance. Earthquake Direction • Travel-time graphs from three or more seismographs can be used to find the exact location of an earthquake epicenter. Earthquake Zones • About 95 percent of the major earthquakes occur in a few narrow zones.
    • Locating an Earthquake
    • Pusan Seismic Station S-P Interval = seconds
    • Tokyo Seismic Station S-P Interval = seconds
    • Akita Seismic Station S-P Interval = seconds
    • Station S-P Interval Epicentral DistancePusan 60 seconds KMTokyo 50 seconds KMAkita 70 seconds KM
    • RECORDING S-P EPICENTER STATION INTERVAL DISTANCE PUSAN 56 sec 549 km TOKYO 44 sec 434 km AIKITA 71 sec 697 km
    • Location You Found Actual Location
    • Measuring Earthquakes Richter Scale • Based on the amplitude of the largest seismic wave • Each unit of Richter magnitude equates to roughly a 32-fold energy increase • Does not estimate adequately the size of very large earthquakes
    • Measuring Earthquakes Modified Mercalli • scales measures how people feel and react to the shaking of an earthquake. • It is a relative scale, because people experience different amounts of shaking in different places. • It is based on a series of key responses such as people awakening, the movement of furniture, and damage to structures.
    • Earthquake Magnitudes
    • Destruction from Earthquakes Seismic Vibrations  Liquefaction • Saturated material turns fluid • Underground objects may float to surface
    • Tsunami
    • Tsunami Cause of Tsunamis • A tsunami triggered by an earthquake occurs where a slab of the ocean floor is displaced vertically along a fault. • A tsunami also can occur when the vibration of a quake sets an underwater landslide into motion. • Tsunami is the Japanese word for “seismic sea wave.”
    • Destruction from Earthquakes  Landslides • With many earthquakes, the greatest damage to structures is from landslides and ground subsidence, or the sinking of the ground triggered by vibrations.  Fire • In the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, most of the destruction was caused by fires that started when gas and electrical lines were cut.
    • Predicting Earthquakes Short-Range Predictions • So far, methods for short-range predictions of earthquakes have not been successful. Long-Range Forecasts • Scientists don’t yet understand enough about how and where earthquakes will occur to make accurate long-term predictions. • A seismic gap is an area along a fault where there has not been any earthquake activity for a long period of time.