By Francesco Mulargia, Robert J. Geller (auth.), Francesco Mulargia, Robert J. Geller (eds.)
What is the very first thing that standard humans, for whom reporters are the proxy, ask after they meet a seismologist? it truly is definitely not anything technical like "What used to be the tension drop of the final earthquake within the Imperial Valley?" it's a sim ple query, which however summarizes the genuine calls for that society has for seismology. this query is "Can you expect earthquakes?" unfortunately, though the sensation of omnipotence brought about by way of modem know-how, the reply at the moment is the very contrary of "Yes, of course". the first motivation for the query "Can you expect earthquakes?" is functional. No different average phenomenon has the super damaging energy of a big earthquake, an influence that's rivaled simply through a wide scale warfare. An earth quake in a hugely industrialized sector is able to adversely affecting the econ omy of the complete international for a number of years. yet one other motivation is cognitive. the purpose of technology is 'understanding' nature, and the easiest way to teach that we comprehend a phenomenon is the power to make actual predictions.
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On the other hand, although clays can have a large total porosity, the connected pore size is so small that permeability is inhibited and water overpressure has no time to spread out coherently inside the sediment. Liquefaction can occur for the cyclical application of loads (as happens with earthquakes) as well as for monotonically increasing loads, ifthe interstitial pressure cannot be freed (that is in undrained conditions), and for a water level change on earth banks and dams. 1).
Note, however, that not all lineaments on the Earth's surface are fault traces. For past earthquakes, for which seismic recordings do not exist, the structural geologists' work is the only possible source of information. 2). 7: A very clear normal fault scarp in Carnia (North-Eastern Italy). B. Vai. fault plane that generated the earthquake. 1 A geologist's view of earthquakes 29 Landslides Intrafault structures are not the only markers of past earthquakes. , 2000). Such deposits generally cover a much larger area than those produced under subaerial conditions and their slopes are more gentle.
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