Chapter 2. The Nature of Earthquakes

  1. David J. Dowrick

Published Online: 30 AUG 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470869356.ch2

Earthquake Risk Reduction

Earthquake Risk Reduction

How to Cite

Dowrick, D. J. (2005) The Nature of Earthquakes, in Earthquake Risk Reduction, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470869356.ch2

Author Information

  1. Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 AUG 2005
  2. Published Print: 4 JUL 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496885

Online ISBN: 9780470869352

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Keywords:

  • spasm of ground shaking;
  • seismotectonics;
  • tectonic plates;
  • volcanic activity and faulting;
  • Benioff Zone;
  • earthquake strength;
  • magnitude and intensity;
  • moment magnitude;
  • local magnitude(ML)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Global seismotectonics

  • The strength of earthquakes—magnitude and intensity