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Seismic Wave Behavior: Effect on Buildings

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Building Response to Seismic Waves

Animation to characterize behavior of three seismic waves. The seismogram shows the arrival times of the three generalized waves. This highly simplified cartoon is intended to portray:

1) Timing of the seismic waves (P fastest)
2) The time (x-axis on the seismogram) it takes for the seismic waves to travel from an earthquake about 80° away)
3) Different ways the seismic waves strike a building (P = bump; S = shear; surface = rolling wobble).

This image just shows a single body-wave path through the Earth to avoid cluttering the image. Waves travel in all directions from an earthquake.

 Quicktime (2 MB)

 Animación Quicktime (2 MB)


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