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What does an earthquake sound like?

Sound Files of Selected Earthquakes by USGS

Republished from portions of a USGS article titled "Listening to Earthquakes".

Earthquake Sound Files

Researchers at USGS have prepared sound files for a number of earthquakes. These are not direct recordings of earthquake sounds. Instead they are produced by making a speaker shake the same way that the ground was shaken during the earthquake - but much more rapidly.

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