Seismology in Japan1

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THE editor insists in a Wordsworthian manner on calling this the seventeenth volume although it is really vol. i. of the journal: he numbers it as a continuation of publications hitherto issued as the Transactions of the Seismological Society of Japan. The Society was founded in 1880 and for many years its meetings were frequent and well attended. It ceased to live in so far as subscriptions and meetings are concerned in 1892, many of its members having left the country. It may now be said to exist as much as ever it did, but without subscriptions. The transactions are in sixteen volumes of scientific papers to which a general index is published in this first number of the journal, and there can be no doubt of the great value of these papers, or of the ability and industry in experiment and speculation of the men who wrote them. During the twelve years' work of the Society much was accomplished; some order was evolved out of chaos; seismographs have been invented giving absolute measurements of earth motions, and a complete change has been effected in earthquake observation; a chair of seismology has been established in the Imperial University and there is now a bureau controlling a central observatory and some 700 outside stations, together with many seismological laboratories. This is some of the work which the Society has done.

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PERRY, J. Seismology in Japan1. Nature 48, 136 (1893) doi:10.1038/048136a0

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