Ground Motion - 1


During an earthquake, the motion of the ground at any location is very complicated, as the ground is shaking in all directions.

Note ! You will need the Cortona VRML Plug-in to view these animations. Visit the Help pages to obtain the Plugin.

This motion can be described more simply as a combination of different motions all happening at the same time. They are:

Buildings are usually affected most by horizontal ground motion. This is a complicated motion too, but there is a simpler way of describing it. You can find out how by reading:

Ground Motion 2 - A Single Simple Wave
Ground Motion 3 - A Combination of Waves


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