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It will allow us to predict future earthquakes with much greater accuracy, as well as study in much greater detail the fundamental processes of distortion that are the causes of earthquakes,'' said Tom Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, which will oversee the project.
The causes of earthquakes are extremely devastating, and researching stronger structural techniques has been important in providing safer buildings to live and work in.
For example, the question about the causes of earthquakes not only produces an illustrated explanation of seismic tremors, it also points the reader to articles on earthquake prediction, seismological differences between earthquakes and underground nuclear explosions, and on phenomena related to earthquakes, such as after shocks, foreshocks, and swarms.