Hurricane Sandy Recorded by Seismographs: Interdependency and Interrelationships Within the Earth System

Alan Kafka
Weston Observatory
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Boston College
 

Seismology provides an interesting window into the interdependency and interrelationships within the Earth System.

The seismograms of Hurricane Sandy shown below were recorded by the Boston College Educational Seismology Project (BC-ESP) on our BC campus seismograph. This is a good example of seismology as a window into the interdependency and interrelationships within the Earth System. Hurricane winds and waves generate seismic waves that are recorded by seismographs. And by coincidence, this is not only a fascinating recording of an historic hurricane, but it happens to also include one of the most well-recorded earthquakes I have ever seen on our educational seismographs. Plus, we just happened to record aftershocks of that well-recorded quake on the same seismogram as the main shock.

And, if you look very carefully near the beginning of the October 30 seismogram, you can see a magnitude 6.2 aftershock “hiding” beneath the hurricane waves.

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: