seismic moment

What is seismic moment?

seismic moment meaning The seismic moment is a measure of the size of an earthquake based on the area of fault rupture, the average amount of slip, and the force that was required to overcome the friction sticking the rocks together that were offset by faulting. Seismic moment can also be calculated from the amplitude spectra of seismic waves.

 

reference: USGS – Earthquake Glossary

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