Triangulation Lab Questions

1. What was wrong with today’s lab? List all the variables that disturbed our results and create a solution to make the outcome more accurate.

In today’s lab, the results varied because of the different wave speeds and steps of each particular person. Everyone had a different time when they traveled across so the results were inaccurate. A solution to this problem would be to only have one person go from each group to create an even and consistent time, so the results would be more accurate

2.  Why do you need more than one seismometer station to find the epicentre of an earthquake? Why is one not enough?

A siesmometer determines where an earthquake is based on the radius of the wave to find how long it takes to read it. By only using one, the earthquake could have occurred anywhere along the one seismometer based on its radious. When you add two more, where each radius meet, is the exact location where the epicenter of the earthquake happened

3. Why do you think identifying an epicentre location is important for our  society?

Identifying the epicenter of an earthquake helps us to determine where along a fault line it is and how the tectonic plates are moving. We can see where below the earth it may have been and maybe what plate movement would have caused it.

4. How could we use this data in an emergency response situation?

The epicenter is usually where the earthquake hit hardest, so in an emergency response situation, they may use this to know where to look for survivors, of watch out when passing in case an aftershock may occurs

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