Earth Science News  





. Japanese scientists seek quake secrets in Parthenon design

The Parthenon has sustained significant damage in its long history but most of it was caused by man, not nature.
by Staff Writers
Athens (AFP) Aug 22, 2008
Japanese scientists will next month look into seismic resistance secrets in the design of the 2,500-year-old Parthenon which has withstood scores of quakes, a senior Greek archaeologist said on Friday.

"The Parthenon had great resilience to earthquakes, as did most classical Greek temples," Maria Ioannidou, the archeologist in charge of conservation on the ancient Acropolis citadel where the Parthenon stands, told AFP.

"The ancient Greeks apparently had very good knowledge of quake behaviour and excellent construction quality," she added.

Toshikazu Hanazato, a professor of engineering at Japan's Mie University and an expert in post-quake reconstruction, heads the Japanese research team which is visiting Greece next month to study the famed marble temple.

Both countries are very seismically active and the Japanese believe there are common elements between ancient Greek temples and their own monuments, Ioannidou said.

The Parthenon has sustained significant damage in its long history but most of it was caused by man, not nature.

The temple is partly built on solid rock but also has stone foundations going 12 metres (39 feet) deep and its walls were held together by metal joints coated in lead to prevent rust, Ioannidou said.

It withstood a 373 BCE quake that destroyed the city of Elike in the Peloponnese and a subsequent 226 BC temblor that toppled the Colossus of Rhodes, the gigantic bronze statue numbered among the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

More recently, a 5.9-Richter earthquake in 1999 that killed 143 people around Athens shifted some of the Parthenon's architectural elements but caused no major damage.

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Florida asks for disaster declaration due to Tropical Storm Fay
Miami (AFP) Aug 21, 2008
Florida Governor Charlie Crist has asked federal authorities to declare his state a disaster area after heavy rains dumped by Tropical Storm Fay, which lingered Thursday over the northern and eastern part of the state.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • Japanese scientists seek quake secrets in Parthenon design
  • Florida asks for disaster declaration due to Tropical Storm Fay
  • Japan warns of iPod nano fire risk
  • 30 still missing after truck swept into river in Haiti

  • Drier, Warmer Springs In US Southwest Stem From Human Effect On Winds
  • Bones Beat Trees As Markers For Environmental Change
  • Droughts Have Lasted Centuries In Eastern North America
  • Aerosols Impact On Australia's Climate

  • Tropical Storm Fay's Center Now Moving Inland
  • Saharan Dry, Dusty Air Lessened Intensity Of 2007 Hurricane Season
  • Ball Aerospace Begins Final Prep For NPOESS OMPS Instrument
  • Portrait Of A Warming Ocean And Rising Sea Levels

  • Analysis: Iraq Energy Roundup
  • Academy Awarded Funding For Wave Energy Research
  • Analysis: Oil prices hit U.S. military
  • Analysis: Turkish-Iranian energy ties

  • HIV-positive Swazi women march against royals' shopping binge
  • Matsushita says new DNA technology identifies disease risks
  • Canopus Biopharma Chinese Researcher Team Up To Treat Avian Influenza
  • UN gives aid to Guinea Bissau to fight cholera epidemic

  • Genome Of Simplest Animal Reveals Ancient Lineage
  • Mirror self-recognition found in magpies
  • Birds can't keep up with climate change: study
  • Trees, Forests And The Eiffel Tower Reveal Theory Of Design In Nature

  • Greenland Ice Core Reveals History Of Pollution In The Arctic
  • Even in Europe, 20 million people without toilets: forum
  • Bangladesh bans 'toxic' oil tanker
  • Study Shows Continued Spread Of Dead Zones

  • New Book Supports Theory Of Man The Hunted
  • Oetzi The Iceman Dressed Like A Herdsman
  • Face Recognition: Nurture Not Nature
  • Desperate families snub corrupt police in Mexico kidnap epidemic

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement