Forensic seismology

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)


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Twenty years ago, politicians, concerned a the slow progress of negotiations to stop nuclear weapons testing, described the state of seismology as being in the equivalent of the Stone Age. this assessment spurred the beginning of research and development at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment near the village of Aldermaston, England. the object was to establish the limits of seismology for the detection and identification of underground explosions against a background of earthquakes. Thereby, verification that there was compliance with a treaty to ban further nuclear tests could be assessed before making political decisions. Negotiations now taking place in Geneva between the Soviet Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom are aimed at such a treaty.  

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Forensic seismology
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 11
Issue 5
Year Published 1979
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 9 p.
First page 156
Last page 164
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