Definition of seismology in English:

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Pronunciation: /sīzˈmäləjē/


The branch of science concerned with earthquakes and related phenomena.
Example sentences
  • However, the era of earthquake seismology as a modern science began in the late 1800s with the installation of sensitive instruments called seismographs.
  • Despite tremendous technological advances in earthquake seismology, many fundamental mysteries remain.
  • It wasn't until after she completed her formal education that Hutton chose earthquake science, or seismology, as a profession.



Pronunciation: /ˌsīzməˈläjək(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • From geophysical, geological, and seismological information, seismic zoning maps have been made on a variety of scales.
  • These data are used in conjunction with seismological data to infer the chemical composition of the materials in the earth's interior.
  • He has served on more than a dozen government committees reviewing various aspects of seismological monitoring.


Pronunciation: /ˌsīzməˈläjik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Bay Area residents and authorities may have been lulled into a false sense of security, because the last century has been relatively quiet for California, seismologically speaking.


Pronunciation: /sīzˈmäləjəst/
Example sentences
  • The assessment of specific earthquake hazards has involved seismologists, geologists, and earthquake engineers.
  • The Richter scale was developed by seismologist Charles Richter in the 1930s to bring consistent, objective criteria to evaluating the size of earthquakes.
  • Schwartz co-chaired a team of geologists, seismologists, and geophysicists that released a 2002 report concluding the Bay Area is due for a magnitude 6.7 or greater quake in about 30 years.
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