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GEOLM002 Earthquake Seismology & Earthquake Hazards


The course aims to provide an understanding of the dynamics of the solid Earth from theoretical and observational seismology and seismotectonics in relation to earthquake hazard and mitigation. It provides an in-depth study of earthquake seismology and earthquake hazard.


The students will acquire the following practical skills:

  • Interpretation of earthquake seismograms;
  • Determining earthquake focal mechanisms and quantitative seismotectonics;
  • Practical approaches to earthquake hazard assessment;
  • Practical earthquake hazard mitigation strategies.

The students will acquire the following transferable skills:

  • Processing, interpreting and presenting seismological data using the Matlab computer program;
  • Solving geophysical problems using computational and analytical techniques;
  • Using the Internet as a source of geophysical information;
  • Application of statistics to hazard.


Topics include: Seismic waves, dispersion, attenuation, earth structure. Earthquake sources processes, focal mechanisms, seismotectonics. Earthquake precursors, earthquake prediction, earthquake hazard and mitigation.

Title Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard
UG Code GEOLM002
Coordinator Prof. Peter Sammonds
Other Contributors  
Term 2
Credit 0.5 CU
Written Exam 80%
Coursework 20%
Pre-Requisites GEOL2014 Global Geophysics or MSc Geophysical Hazard foundation courses. First-year university maths and computer literacy. Highly recommended: GEOL3030 Field Methods in Active Tectonics.
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement  
Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 (including maths tutorials)
Hours of Lectures/Seminars 18 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 16 hours
Hours of Tutorials 12 hours
Days of Fieldwork 1
Other 2 hour exam revision class

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