Published on March 9, 2014
1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake Investigating Earthquakes--San Francisco
What is an Earthquake? o Earthquakes: Vibrations (seismic waves) within Earth materials are produced by the rapid release of energy Earth’s crust is in constant motion because of tectonic forces Earth’s crust can store elastic energy When forces exceed the elastic limits and structural strength of the rocks, the rocks will break and/or move producing vibrations that travel outward in all directions
Catastrophic Forces—Components & Causes of an Earthquake
Earthquakes o The actual place underground where the rocks break producing vibrations is called the focus o The place on the surface directly above the focus is called the epicenter
What types of forces are created? Tension Force: stretching or pulling force Makes a normal fault
What types of forces are created? Compression Force: force pushing something together Makes a reverse fault
What types of forces are created? Shear Force: a system of forces that operates against a body from different sides Makes a strike-slip fault
What causes Earthquakes? Movement along faults: occurs when the energy exceeds the friction holding the sides of the fault together and is suddenly released. Movement of magma (volcanic) Volcanic eruptions
Fault lines & EArthquakes
Seismic Waves Originate at the focus and travel outward in all directions Foreshocks: small earthquakes that come before a major earthquake Aftershocks: Are adjustments in the crust after in earthquake o Smaller than main earthquake, but can cause as much or more damage. They can continue for weeks to months. Not every earthquake produces aftershocks
3 Types of seismic Waves P waves (primary waves) Compressional wave Particles move back and forth in the same direction as the wave Travels the fastest Can pass through solids and liquids (gases also) Does not cause damage
Types of Waves S wave (secondary wave, shear wave) Particles move at right angles to the direction of the wave Travels slower than P waves Can pass through solids only Does not cause damage
Types of Waves L wave (long wave, surface wave, ground wave) Particles move in elliptical orbit Originates on the surface after the P and S waves go straight up from the focus and reach the surface The L wave causes the damage and will be the strongest at the epicenter Travels the slowest
How do we Measure Earthquakes? Earthquake waves are recorded by a seismograph and the recording of waves on paper is called seismogram
How do we Measure Earthquakes? Intensity – a measure of the effects on an earthquake at a particular location Magnitude: a measure of the strength or amount of energy released during an earthquake
How do we Measure Earthquakes? Richter Scale: Measures the amplitude of earthquake waves on seismograms Scale from 1-10 Each number is 10 times the amplitude of the number below
Measuring Earthquakes Locating the epicenter 1. 2. 3. Lag time between the arrival of the P wave and the S wave to the seismograph station is converted to a distance A circle with a radius that equals the distance is drawn around the station. Two stations can narrow down the location to two places where the two circles intersect Locating the focus: the lag-time of the L wave will determine the depth of the focus
Earthquake Dangers o Most injuries and deaths are caused by falling objects and most property damage results from fires that start Tsunami: seismic sea wave sometimes generated when an earthquake originates on the ocean floor
Tsunami—December 2004 http://www.bedford.k12.ny.us:16080/flhs/science/images/tsunami2004/
Earthquake Dangers Seiche: rhythmic sloshing of small bodies of water A seiche is the sloshing of a closed body of water from earthquake shaking. Swimming pools often have seiches during earthquakes.
Tsunami Clip—Discovery School Tsunami by Brainpop
Earthquake Dangers Liquefaction: unconsolidated materials that are water saturated may turn to a fluid causing some underground objects such as storage tanks to float to the surface Ground fissures caused by liquefaction near the mouth of the Pajaro River in California during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. When the surface of the ground oscillates, wet, sandy, and muddy soils can flow like a liquid. This is liquefaction. You can liquefy wet sand at the beach by pumping it up and down with your feet. Photo courtesy of the Loma Prieta Collection, Earthquake Engineering Research Center, UC Berkeley.
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