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Chinese Earthquake Provides Lessons for Future

July 21, 2008

earth and environment graphic The May 12, 2008, Sichuan earthquake in China was unexpectedly large. Analysis of the area, however, now shows that topographic characteristics of the highly mountainous area identified the mountain range as active, and could have pointed to the earthquake hazard. Topographic analysis can help evaluate other, similar fault areas for seismic risk, according to geologists from Penn State and Arizona State Universities. Full Story

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