Skip to comments.Implosion of building near fault line helps scientists predict earthquake damage
Posted on 08/17/2013 5:49:07 AM PDT by BenLurkin
For years now, the region has been bracing for a major earthquake that many worry could level vulnerable schools, hospitals and apartment buildings and unleash near-apocalyptic chaos. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates there is a 63 percent chance of a major earthquake in the region within the next three decades.
On Saturday, scientists hope to get one-up on the looming temblor, courtesy of the demolition of a university building.
The building is expected to crumple into 12,500 tons of concrete and steel, which will slam against the ground sending out shockwaves similar to a magnitude-2.0 earthquake. Scientists have placed more than 600 seismographs in concentric circles within a mile of the building to pick up the vibrations.
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Good idea. Blow up all the buildings along the fault line and you can reduce earthquake damage to nothing.
Start in Berkeley.
HAYWARD, Calif. Every time the ground trembles in the San Francisco Bay Area, people ask themselves: Could this be the big one?
The Florida Times Union, Jacksonville Florida. That’s what the link says.
It’s a Florida newspaper, but the story’s out of California.
I was replying to your FL/NC? portion.
Hmmm, and yet over a million tonnes of 110 story buildings supposedly slammed down on bedrock on Manhattan Island and the seismic imprint barely registered?
I found this article a number of months ago and was fascinated by the information of there being a tectonic plate in the Gulf Coast which is causative of the fault zones running not only through the Missouri New Madrid complex, but is also the explanation for the fault system running across Florida to South Carolina.
While most of the plates and many of the faults have been mapped, quakes in the central/eastern US aren't yet explained. This is as good of a theory as any other I've read.
I wouldn't want to be near New Madrid and Pacific NW for their next big ones.
meant to be response to post 9.
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