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January 03, 2014
Earthquake lights linked to rift environments, subvertical faults
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jan 03, 2014
Rare earthquake lights are more likely to occur on or near rift environments, where subvertical faults allow stress-induced electrical currents to flow rapidly to the surface, according to a new study published in the Jan./Feb. issue of Seismological Research Letters. From the early days of seismology, the luminous phenomena associated with some earthquakes have intrigued scholars. Earthquake lights (EQL) appear before or during earthquakes, but rarely after. EQL take a variety of forms, inc ... read more
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