FIGURE 2.2 The remains of a family—a man, woman, and child (small skull visible next to the woman’s skull)—crushed to death in A.D. 365 in the city of Kourian on the island of Cyprus when their dwelling collapsed on top of them during an earthquake. SOURCE: D. Soren, The day the world ended at Kourion, National Geographic, 30-53, July 1988; Copyright Martha Cooper.

zontal and whether they released vapor from the ground. He noted that “places whose subsoil is poor are shaken more because of the large amount of the wind they absorb.” The correlation he observed between the intensity of the ground motions and the weakness of the rocks on which structures are built remains central to seismic hazard analysis.

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