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Earthquake simulation by nuclear explosions

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A country wishing to evade a comprehensive test ban treaty could disguise a clandestine nuclear test as a natural earthquake by detonating a sequence of explosions, one of which would be caused by the device of interest.

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  • 01 February 1975

    In the article "Earthquake simulation by nuclear explosions" by O. C. Kolar and N. L. Pruvost (Nature, 253, 242; 1975) the following corrections should be made. Under the heading 'Seismic monitoring' the first sentence of para. 3 should read, "P-wave trains from an earthquake are often extended in time whereas those from an explosion tend to be more compact.


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Kolar, O., Pruvost, N. Earthquake simulation by nuclear explosions. Nature 253, 242–245 (1975).

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