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THE CAUSE OF EARTHQUAKES

Nature volume 149, pages 539540 (16 May 1942) | Download Citation

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THE term 'earthquake' means vibrations of the ground. These vibrations are caused by the passage of various types of waves through the ground, which has elastic properties. The ground vibrations are kinetic energy, which must be released consequent on the disappearance of some form of potential energy. The form this potential energy takes, how it is released, but more particularly how it arises is the problem before us.

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