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Before-And-After Picture Of An Earthquake Zone

Geologists gain insights into how earthquake faults behave, thanks to a sophisticated tool called LiDAR, which stands for "light detection and ranging."

Using LiDAR and data from a magnitude 7.2 event that struck near Mexicali, Mexico, in April 2010, researchers from the United States, Mexico and China developed the most comprehensive pictures ever taken of a fault zone before and after an earthquake.

 

Image credit: Michael Oskin, Peter Gold and Austin Elliott, KeckCAVES, University of California, Davis