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B.E.A.R.
Richard Allen
Seismo Lab
Earth & Planetary
UC Berkeley

Lecture notes and reading downloads

This is your download center for all lecture notes and some reading materials.
Lecture notes: The PowerPoint slides from all lectures will be posted here as pdf files. The best use of these notes is to bring them to class so you can annotate the slides during lectures.
Assigned reading: Most of the reading is from the class textbook: Bolt, "Earthquakes" 5th edition. Readings from Bolt will not be posted, you should buy the book. Other readings will be posted here along with the lectures to which they are relevant.



Most recent posted at the top

Thu Dec 5 Wrap-up: Your Charge: Preparing for disasters
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Tue Dec 3 Campus building tour
notes (pdf)
reading: Bracing Berkeley
Thu Nov 26 The Berkley Seismological Laboratory
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Thu Nov 21 CS: Buildings: The good and the bad
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Tue Nov 19 Earthquake early warning
notes (pdf)
reading:
Nature commentary (2013)
additional reading:
Scientific American article (2011)
audio/screen capture:
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Thu Nov 14 Earthquake forecasting
notes (pdf)
reading:
USGS Fact Sheet (2008)
additional reading:
USGS Fact Sheet (2003)
audio/screen capture:
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Tue Nov 12 Earthquake prediction
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Thu Nov 7 CS: Deadliest Quakes: What we can do
NOVA: Deadliest Quakes
also available online
Tue Nov 5 Midterm II
Thu Oct 31 CS: Volcanoes
NOVA: Deadliest Volcanoes also available online
Tue Oct 29 Tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Thu Oct 24 Seismic gaps and creep
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Tue Oct 22 CS: M9 Tohoku-oki earthquake
NOVA: Japan's Killer Quake also available online
Thu Oct 17 Magnitude and energy
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Tue Oct 15 Interpreting seismograms
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Thu Oct 10 Generating the wiggles
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Tue Oct 8 Building up to an earthquake
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Thu Oct 3 Midterm I
Tue Oct 1 Plate tectonics
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Thu Sep 26 Where earthquakes occur
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Tue Sep 24 CS: The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Thu Sep 19 The Hayward Fault
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Tue Sep 17 Faults
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Thu Sep 12 Earthquake preparedness: Be Ready
Required Reading:
Putting down roots in earthquake country (either version)
Northern CA version or Southern CA version
notes (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Tue Sep 10 Case Study: Hurricane Katrina
Storm that drowned a city
Tue/Thu Sep 3/5 Future Earthquakes: The Hayward Temblor (Parts I and II)
notes (pdf)
Reisner reading (pdf)
audio/screen capture:
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Thu Aug 29 California and earthquakes
Quick Web Exercise: Who are you? Due: 5pm Tue Sep 3rd
notes (pdf) audio/screen capture:
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Many documents are pdf for which you will need Adobe Reader which is available for download free of charge.

References used by the class

  1. Bolt, "Earthquakes" 5th edition. The textbook website also has some useful study aids including the Flashcards for each chapter.
  2. Reisner, "A Dangerous Place, California's unsettling fate"
  3. Zeilinga de Boer and Sanders, "Earthquakes in Human History"
  4. "Scenario for Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake on the Hayward Fault." Report by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, HF-96, September 1996.