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Published in 2015
ShakeAlert is an experimental earthquake early warning system (EEW) for the West Coast of the United States and the Pacific Northwest. ShakeAlert is a product of the US Geological Survey and its partners including the California Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, University...
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Published in 2009
Locating where an earthquake occured using the P-and S-wace arrival times of seismic waves to three different seismographs stations.
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Subduction-zone megathrust earthquakes, the most powerful earthquakes in the world, can produce tsunamis through a variety of structures that are missed by simple models. These include fault boundary rupture, deformation of overlying plate, splay faults and landslides. In this animation we explore...
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In this animation, we are shoeing an ocean/continent convergent boundary at the leading edge of the plate. We see the denser oceanic plate diving beneath the continental plate. The down-going oceanic plate eventually warms up to the temperature of the surrounding mantle. Such destruction (recycling)...
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Oblique view of a highly generalized animation of a subduction zone where an oceanic plate is subducting beneath a continental plate. This scenario can happen repeatedly on a 100-500 year cycle. The process which produces a mega-thrust earthquake would generate a tsunami (not depicted here).
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"This simplified animation illustrates both the subduction-zone processes that lead to a """"""""ghost forest"""""""" as well as the evidence that scientists collected to determine that the Pacific Northwest has had many great earthquakes and tsunamis in the past, and will again inthe future. This...
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This animation shows that GPS can record the movement of the leading edge of the overlying continental plate in a subduction zone. The plates are locked and the overlying plate is forced back. When friction is overcome and strain is released, the GPS receiver will snap back toward its original...
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This animation shows that GPS can record the movement of the leading edge of the overlying continental plate in a subduction zone. The plates are locked and the overlying plate is forced back. When friction is overcome and strain is released, the GPS receiver will snap back toward its original...
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A visualization of earthquake waves traveling both through Earth's interior and radiating outward on the surface.
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This classroom lecture presents a simple conceptual model of the relative thicknesses of the Lithosphere by measuring a simple hard-boiled egg. The hard-boiled egg is used as a scale model for the zones of the Earth. The shell is to the egg as the lithosphere is to the Earth. This demonstration...
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Video lecture demonstrates the use of foam faults to demonstrate faults, and a deck of cards to demonstrate folds and fabrics in rock layers. Different types of faults include: normal (extensional) faults; reverse or thrust (compressional) faults; and strike-slip (shearing) faults.
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Video lecture on divergent, transform, and convergent types of plate boundaries. Recorded during a 2007 teacher workshop on earthquakes and tectonics. Speaker is Dr. Robert Butler, University of Portland Oregon. Three main types of plate boundaries: Divergent: extensional; the plates move apart....
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Published in 2015
The seismic shadows are the effect of seismic waves striking the core-mantle boundary. P and S waves radiate spherically away from an earthquake's focus in all directions and return to the surface by many paths. S waves, however, don't reappear beyond an angular distance of ~103° (as they are...
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