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Quake risk is written in the mountains

Quake risk is written in the mountains

作者:邝褫谥  时间:2018-01-20 02:02:03  人气:

By Catherine Brahic COULD a way to identify areas at risk of earthquakes be hiding in plain sight? That’s the claim of a team of geologists, who reckon that the shape of some mountains can betray the presence of active faults beneath the surface, such as the one that caused the earthquake in China’s Sichuan region in May. About seven years ago, Eric Kirby of Pennsylvania State University and colleagues trekked out to the mountains above Chengdu in south-west China to study how steep the riverbeds were there. “If you were sitting in Chengdu,