The Gold Rush and the 1906 Earthquake
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The Gold Rush and the 1906 Earthquake: How they combined to create the breakthrough discovery of modern seismic science
- Accidents of Gold Rush merchant marine navigation transformed a seismic disaster into a seminal discovery and led to San Francisco's extreme liquefaction vulnerability today.
- Just about everything that we love about the Bay area is brought to us by the faults. We enjoy their daily fruits and so must live with their occasional spoils.
- No one knows when the next damaging quake will strike; we must frame the ‘payback period’ for seismic expenditures in terms of chance.
Image Dimensions: 1280 x 720
Location Taken: Menlo Park, CA, US
Presenter: Ross S. Stein, USGS Scientist Emeritus, Consulting Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University