A Seismological Observatory and its Objects

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TEN years ago seismologists practically confined their attention to the movements of the ground which could be felt. In Italy and Japan, where these were frequent and sometimes violent, they attracted serious attention; whilst in Britain, where earth tremors were comparatively unknown, any suggestion that this country should establish a seismological observatory might only have cast doubts upon the mental balance of its author. At that time it was popularly supposed that in our islands earthquakes were of such rare occurrence that a special establishment for seismological investigations was unnecessary. Seismology, however, like several other sciences, has in a comparatively short period advanced with strides, and now stands as foster-mother not only to a Romulus and Remus, but also to a number of other children all filled with promise.

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MILNE, J. A Seismological Observatory and its Objects. Nature 59, 487–489 (1899) doi:10.1038/059487d0

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