Underground Nuclear Explosions: Tectonic Utility and Dangers

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Science  16 Jul 1971:
Vol. 173, Issue 3993, pp. 230-233
DOI: 10.1126/science.173.3993.230


The tectonic strain energy released by several underground nuclear explosions has been calculated through an analysis of seismic surface waves. The proportionally great amount of energy released in certain events suggests the possible uses for, as well as the hazards of, underground testing.