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Apr 11 / Dave Schumaker

Earthquake Dating Using Caves

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Geological Survey of Israel have apparently developed a new method to date earthquakes, using evidence found in caves. How effective is this in practice though? This press release contains little information on their method or what they are specifically looking for however. Anyway, from the article: Together with her advisor, Prof. Amotz Agnon of the Hebrew University Institute of Earth Sciences, Kagan further noted the patterns of fallen stalactites and stalagmites in the caves and found that they had fallen primarily in the direction of north to south and east to west. The researchers showed through calculations that these patterns were caused by extremely large earthquakes that originated in the Dead Sea Region.

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