Tracking the Temblor

by Brian Fortner, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 12, Pg. 36-37

Document Type: Feature article


The earthquake that occurred in Izmit, Turkey, in August 1999—along a fault line that is similar to the San Andreas Fault in Southern California—has provided useful data to researchers in the United States. The use of global positioning systems (GPS) to monitor fault line movement in less than 1 mm increments has provided a wealth of new knowledge to earthquake engineers.

Subject Headings: Geological faults | Global positioning systems | Tracking | Earthquakes | Developing countries | Light rail transit | Turkey | Asia | Middle East | United States

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