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Gravitational waves from seismic sources

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A fast moving mass radiates part of its energy through gravitational waves. It is possible to consider hurricanes and earthquakes as terrestrial sources of quadrupole gravitational waves. These phenomena have the necessary parameters for the generation of gravitational waves: large quadrupole moments m/r2 and also energies and masses moving with large velocities. Estimates indicate a possibility of observing gravitons from the source of a strong earthquake. Local changes in the earth's gravistatic field and the generation of a gravidynamic field during earthquakes will cause variations in the trajectories of the moon and artificial satellites. A mathematical theory of trajectories, containing gravitons, will enable us to fix the graviton according to data from trajectory measurements.

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Published as a matter for discussion.

Translated from Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, Fizika, No. 6, pp. 41–46, June, 1974.

The author is grateful to Prof. A. A. Sokolov of the Moscow State University for discussing the material expounded here and for interesting remarks.

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Vorob'ev, A.A. Gravitational waves from seismic sources. Soviet Physics Journal 17, 782–786 (1974). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00890209

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  • Mathematical Theory
  • Strong Earthquake
  • Gravitational Wave
  • Gravistatic Field
  • Local Change