Carbon dating earthquakes
Prices in € represent the retail prices valid in Germany (unless otherwise indicated). Prices do not include postage and handling if applicable. This paper presents the results of paleoseismogeological investigations including tree-ring analysis and radiocarbon dating in pleistoseist zone of the 2003 Chuya earthquake, SE Altai, Russia.Twenty-five radiocarbon dates of previously unknown evidences of prehistoric earthquakes along the fault bounders of the Chagan-Uzun massif, North Chuya and South Chuya ranges are reported.
Thus rings of trees — witnesses of seismic events, could be potentially valuable nature archive containing both the evidence for the earthquake and its age.
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Obtained results argue for the high regional seismicity in the second half of the Holocene.
Strong earthquakes occurred here AD 1532, and 600–700, 1300–1500, 2400–2700, 3400–3700, 3800–4200 cal BP.
In case of spreading forest vegetation in seismically active areas tree-ring analysis can be used as an additional or alternative approach.