Modern Seismology through the Eyes of a Motorist

8 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2020

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Serguei Bychkov

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Faculty of Science

Date Written: January 15, 2020


We sincerely believe that if Mr. Reid knew that the Hindustan tectonic plate shrinks by 10 microns per day, then he would never present his theory of Elastic recoil to the scientific community because a value of 10 microns clearly highlights the impossibility of accumulation by the rocks of the earth's crust the energy of elastic deformations is sufficient for movements of tectonic plates and blocks. The given figure completely rejects the theory of Mr. Reid, which, without it, is a preliminary sketch of the process without rigorous scientific justification. Many geophysicists state the fallacy of the Reid theory, but old-school scientists actively and aggressively resist any attempt to remove seismology from the impasse of “Elastic Fantasies”. We offer a look at the process of formation of elastic forces in the earth's crust through the eyes of a simple motorist who has replaced rubber tires with granite tires on his car. Maybe the figure is 10 microns and our simple example with tires will help Reid supporters understand that the elastic forces in the process of earthquakes play a secondary role. Otherwise, seismology will continue to shake the air with empty ideas and squander taxpayer money on its “resilient” chimeras without any benefit to humanity.

Keywords: earthquake, energy, elastic forces, tectonic plate, elastic recoil

Suggested Citation

Bychkov, Serguei, Modern Seismology through the Eyes of a Motorist (January 15, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

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