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Why the Sumatra earthquake was so severe

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 19:15
An international team of scientists has found evidence suggesting the dehydration of minerals deep below the ocean floor influenced the severity of the Sumatra earthquake, which took place on Dec. 26, 2004.

From where will the next big earthquake hit the city of Istanbul?

Tue, 16/05/2017 - 15:47
Scientists reckon with an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or greater in this region in the coming years. The extent of such seismic threat to this Turkish city of Istanbul actually depends on how strongly the tectonic plates are entangled and on the exact nucleation point of the earthquake. A team of researchers now presents a study indicating that the next major earthquake is more likely to originate in Istanbul's eastern Marmara Sea.

Natural disasters pose grave threat to planet's last Javan rhinos

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 16:53
The world's only population of Javan rhinoceros, already under severe threat from poaching, could go extinct in the future due to natural disasters, including volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

Earthquakes can make thrust faults open violently and snap shut

Mon, 01/05/2017 - 18:16
Engineers and scientists experimentally observe surface twisting in thrust faults that can momentarily rip open the earth's surface.

Tsunami formation: Study challenges long-held theory

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 21:47
A new study is challenging a long-held theory that tsunamis form and acquire their energy mostly from vertical movement of the seafloor.

New model could help predict major earthquakes

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 14:23
Researchers have characterized several earthquakes that struck South America's west coast over the last 100 years by using seismographic data, tsunami recordings, and models of the rapid plate movements associated with these natural disasters. The team showed that some earthquakes were linked to the same sites of rupture at plate boundaries and others to different sites. Thus, they revealed the periodicity and intensity of earthquakes associated with particular sites, potentially aiding future earthquake prediction.

New study ranks hazardous asteroid effects from least to most destructive

Wed, 19/04/2017 - 17:20
If an asteroid struck Earth, which of its effects -- scorching heat, flying debris, towering tsunamis -- would claim the most lives? A new study has the answer: violent winds and shock waves are the most dangerous effects produced by Earth-impacting asteroids.

Communicating tsunami evacuations effectively

Tue, 18/04/2017 - 16:52
An effective communication approach incorporating computer simulations could help people find practical means to evacuate in the event of a tsunami.

Developing a microinsurance plan for California earthquakes

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 16:57
Nine out of 10 Californians are uninsured against earthquake risk, which could slow economic recovery in neighborhoods and cities around the state after a damaging quake. On-demand or use-based small insurance policies -- sometimes called microinsurance -- could help fill in that financial gap.

Seismologists offer detailed look at New Zealand's Kaikoura earthquake

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 16:11
The magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake that struck the South Island of New Zealand last November was the largest on-land recorded earthquake in the country's history.

Performance of earthquake early warning systems

Tue, 11/04/2017 - 18:07
The future of earthquake early warning systems may be contained in smartphones -- and vehicles, and 'smart' appliances and the increasing number of everyday objects embedded with sensors and communication chips that connect them with a global network.

Could a Colorado earthquake have been triggered by dinosaur extinction impact?

Tue, 11/04/2017 - 18:07
Researchers have found signs of fault displacement at well-known rock outcrops in Colorado that mark the end-Cretaceous asteroid impact that may have hurried the extinction of the dinosaurs.

What happens to the boats? The 1755 Lisbon earthquake and Portuguese tsunami literacy

Mon, 10/04/2017 - 21:19
Authors of a new report point out the need for continued geoscience education on the topic of tsunamis and other earthquake-related hazards.

Using a method from Wall Street to track slow slipping of Earth's crust

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 13:29
An indicator for stock prices can be used with GPS data to automatically detect slow-slip earthquakes from a single station's observations, offering a new way to monitor seismic activity.

Dissection of the 2015 Bonin deep earthquake

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 18:46
Researchers have been studying the deep earthquake which occurred on May 30, 2015, to the west of Japan's Bonin Islands.

CRUST adds new layer of defense against earthquakes, tsunamis

Mon, 13/03/2017 - 13:56
The first computer model to simulate the whole chain of events triggered by offshore mega subduction earthquakes could reduce losses to life and property caused by disasters like the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan six years ago.

Going deep to learn the secrets of Japan's earthquakes

Thu, 02/03/2017 - 15:10
The 11 March 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake was the largest and most destructive in the history of Japan. Scientists are hard at work trying to understand just what made it so devastating.

Better communication key to cutting earthquake death toll, experts say

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 14:22
Communicating earthquake risk has long been a major challenge for scientists. Yet the right messages at the right time can and will save lives, say US communication scholars.

Ventura fault could cause stronger shaking, new research finds

Tue, 14/02/2017 - 16:42
The fault under Ventura, California, would likely cause stronger shaking during an earthquake and more damage than previously suspected, researchers warn. The Ventura-Pitas Point fault in Southern California has been the focus of much recent attention because it is thought to be capable of magnitude 8 earthquakes. It underlies the city of Ventura and runs offshore, and thus could generate tsunamis.

Largest undersea landslide revealed on the Great Barrier Reef

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 01:18
Scientists have helped discover the remnants of a massive undersea landslide on the Great Barrier Reef, approximately 30 times the volume of Uluru.