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Unformatted text preview: o Logarithm #: M6 has 10x the ground motion amplitude of M5 M7 has 100 times a M5 Haiti: M7 Chile: M8.8 o Magnitude is a function of: the length of the rupture (how much of the fault breaks) how much the fault moves (the slip ) how strong the fault is (how much friction is there) elastic limit- breaks and releases energy where do we get the biggest earthquakes, and why? At convergent plate boundaries (subduction zones) Biggest earthquake ever recorded: Chile- 1960- M9.5 Most deadly earthquakes? Convergent plate boundaries (continental collisions)...
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2010 for the course GEOL 105 taught by Professor Kohut during the Spring '08 term at University of Delaware.
- Spring '08