19 Apr '11, 7pm

Extreme soil ‘liquefaction’ was a key factor in the damage caused in Japan during the recent earthquake #earthquake

19 Apr 2011: Extreme Soil ‘Liquefaction’ Is Key Factor in Japan Earthquake Damage Extreme soil liquefaction over hundreds of miles was responsible for much of the damage in Japan following the recent earthquake and tsunami, according to a new report. While it is common for major earthquakes to produce some liquefaction — a phenomenon in which soils lose their strength and act more like liquids, causing structures to shift or sink — the extent of soil shifting caused by the nearly five-minute earthquake on March 11 surprised even members of a Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance, or GEER, advance team that studied the recent earthquake. In a preliminary report , they say the duration of the recent temblor should make researchers reassess the threats of future earthquakes in regions such as the U.S. Pacific Northwest. “With such a long-lasting earthquake, we saw how st...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/extreme_soil_liquefaction_a_k...

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