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Scientists to map areas at risk from liquefaction

(Anglia Ruskin University) A team of researchers have joined forces to investigate and find solutions to tackle one of the most devastating forms of seismic phenomena -- liquefaction. Liquefaction occurs in loosely-compacted sandy soils which are fully saturated with water. Seismic vibrations caused by an earthquake apply stress to the soil particles and this transfers pressure to the soil water, pushing the soil particles apart and causing the soil to behave like a liquid.
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