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Can an earthquake cause air turbulence which can be felt by aircraft?

Can an earthquake cause air turbulence which can be felt by aircraft?
Abbe Marshall-Wyer from North Yorkshire (Age 35-44)

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3 Responses

  1. Seismic air waves – a very mild form of turbulence – are created when compressional seismic waves travelling upward from the earthquake source arrive at the Earth’s surface. However the amplitude of these waves is very small. It is most unlikely that an aircraft would be significantly affected so that a passenger would feel the vibration above the vibration caused by the engines.

    Dr David Booth

    British Geological Survey

  2. Thank you for such a full explanation to a question I was asked by a colleague at work. I’ll pass on the reply, giving full credit to you.

  3. I was in a plane over southern Japan when we experienced a lot of turbulence. The pilot said we would be out of a t once we left Japan. When I got back to the IS we heard that an earthquake had hit Japan at the same time we were flying over it. I can’t help but wonder

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