• Thomas Gold
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 381)


The natural sudden events that are most devastating for humanity are the earthquakes. Thousands of persons have been killed in seconds or minutes in the violent events that our planet suffers. What causes these events and are there any ways of predicting them? Many lives could be saved if a good prediction system could be found. That is what I want to explore in this chapter. The most common theory of earthquakes, and the one to which the US Geological Survey subscribes, is that subterranean forces of unknown origin gradually build up strains in the crustal rocks, up to their breaking point. When that point is reached, the rock breaks, and it is the sudden brittle fracture that causes the shocks of the quake.


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  • Thomas Gold
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  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUS

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