UTEP to study seismic waves from City Hall and Asarco demolitions

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:19pm

UTEP geology students will be getting hands on experience this upcoming demolition weekend. They will be recording and measuring the Asarco and City hall explosions for their studies.

Doctor Hector Gonzalez-Huizar, a research assistant professor of Geological Sciences at UTEP, is planting 45 seismometers, devices that measure ground movement, between the demolition sites downtown and at the Asarco site near UTEP.
  The devices record the movement and then transfer it into digital data for the students to study. The information will help seismologists figure out how downtown would respond to an earthquake. It will also help researchers learn whether or not the East Franklin mountain fault terminates below downtown El Paso or continues to Juarez.

"Usually we don't have this kind of source of seismic waves to get knowledge about the ground. It will give you an idea of how the downtown will respond to an earthquake for example," said Gonzalez-Huizar.

The department will plant the seismometers on Friday and will collect them for data on Monday.

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