What is liquefaction in earthquakes?
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Liquefaction in earthquakes is the process by which saturated, unconsolidated sediments are converted from a solid state to a liquid state due to the intense shaking caused by an earthquake.
Liquefaction occurs when the pressure on a soil or sediment is so great that its strength and stiffness are reduced, causing it to behave like a liquid rather than a solid. This can cause serious damage to structures as it causes them to sink and become unstable.