Earthquake Predictors Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Earthquake Predictors
An examination of the factors that act as the most reliable predictor of earthquakes and how to measure earthquake strength.
# 116033 | 794 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Aug 25, 2009 in Geology and Geophysics (Earth) , Geography (General)

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This paper examines the causes and predictors of earthquakes in the earth's surface. It discusses various factors and examines which of the factors act as the most reliable predictor of earthquakes. The paper then looks at how to measure earthquake strength and particularly discusses the advantages of the Richter scale and the Mercalli scale.

Table of Contents:
Earthquake Causes and Predictors
The Most Reliable Predictor of Earthquakes
Measuring Earthquake Strength

From the Paper:

"If the concern is strictly over the amount of damage a quake can cause, and that is truly the goal of early prediction of earthquakes, then the Mercalli scale would be more effective. Unfortunately, this data is only available after the fact. A consistent Mercalli reading over time can provide a more effective means of protecting against an earthquake, or against damage to humanity. The magnitude of the quake provided by the Richter scale is more effective in building up over time recordings of the occurrence of major quakes for the sake of data and catastrophic protection."

Sample of Sources Used:

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