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Seismic detection of tornadoes

Earthquakes & Volcanoes (USGS)
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Abstract

Tornadoes represent the most violent of all forms of atmospheric storms, each year resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage and approximately one hundred fatalities. In recent years, considerable success has been achieved in detecting tornadic storms by means of Doppler radar. However, radar systems cannot determine when a tornado is actually in contact with the ground, expect possibly at extremely close range. At the present time, human observation is the only truly reliable way of knowing that a tornado is actually on the ground. However, considerable evidence exists indicating that a tornado in contact with the ground produces a significant seismic signal. If such signals are generated, the seismic detection and warning of an imminent tornado can become a distinct possibility. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Seismic detection of tornadoes
Series title Earthquakes & Volcanoes (USGS)
Volume 24
Issue 5
Year Published 1993
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 13 p.
First page 222
Last page 234
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