seis·​mol·​o·​gy | \ sīz-ˈmä-lə-jē How to pronounce seismology (audio) , sīs-\

Definition of seismology

: a science that deals with earthquakes and with artificially produced vibrations of the earth

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Other Words from seismology

seismological \ ˌsīz-​mə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce seismological (audio) , ˌsīs-​ \ or less commonly seismologic \ ˌsīz-​mə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce seismologic (audio) , ˌsīs-​ \ adjective
seismologist \ sīz-​ˈmä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce seismologist (audio) , sīs-​ \ noun

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But there is new research that provides unprecedented insights into how seismology works, as my colleague earthquake reporter extraordinaire Rong-Gong Lin II detailed in a story published Tuesday. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Unprecedented insight into how earthquakes start, via new research," 21 Aug. 2019 Some are primarily notable for their geology, hydrology or seismology. Washington Post, "Science Trip," 15 Aug. 2019 The New York Times spoke with more than three dozen people, including current and former One Concern employees, board members, clients and investors; as well as experts in machine learning, catastrophe modeling and seismology. New York Times, "This High-Tech Solution to Disaster Response May Be Too Good to Be True," 9 Aug. 2019 It was built in the 1920s as California's first seismology station — and is said to be where Charles Richter developed research that turned into the Richter magnitude scale., "Today: SoCal's Seismic Calm Is Over," 5 July 2019 But a video produced by a group of seismology researchers says that people in more distant areas could get as much as 70 seconds’ warning before the strongest shaking reaches them. New York Times, "Californians’ Alert Apps Didn’t Sound for 2 Big Earthquakes. Why Not?," 8 July 2019 Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology’s seismology lab, tweeted that the temblor was part of the sequence that produced the magnitude 6.4 quake. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "New magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes Southern California, felt in Bay Area," 5 July 2019 Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology's seismology lab, said the earthquake was the strongest since a 7.1 quake struck in the area on October 16, 1999. John Antczak, Anchorage Daily News, "Aftershocks rattle California after 6.4-magnitude earthquake," 5 July 2019 But officials said the change was in the works before the quake, which gave scientists at the California Institute of Technology's seismology lab 48 seconds of warning but did not trigger a public notification., "Another strong earthquake, this one 6.9 magnitude, hits Southern California, and is felt as far away as Las Vegas and Mexico," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of seismology

1858, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of seismology

: the scientific study of earthquakes

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