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Did the Little Ice Age Release Earthquakes
Science Discovery
Volume 2, Issue 4, December 2014, Pages: 47-50
Received: Dec. 7, 2014; Accepted: Dec. 24, 2014; Published: Jan. 4, 2015
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Sung-Ho Na, Space Geodetic Observation Center, Sejong and University of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
Tae-Woong Chung, Energy and Mineral Resources Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Dork Sahagian, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA
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The Little Ice Age possibly released many shallow earthquakes in Korea and other places of the Earth. Decrease of temperature penetrates into hundreds meters deep into the Earth’s crust when its surface temperature is kept low for centuries. The resultant reduction of hydrostatic pressure in the crust can trigger earthquakes. According to historical records in Korea, comparatively much more earthquakes occurred in 1500s, 1600s, and 1700s. Near surface earthquakes among those could have been triggered by low temperature of the same periods.
Earthquake, Little Ice Age, Thermal Stress
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Sung-Ho Na, Tae-Woong Chung, Dork Sahagian, Did the Little Ice Age Release Earthquakes, Science Discovery. Vol. 2, No. 4, 2014, pp. 47-50. doi: 10.11648/
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