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Seafloor sediments appear to enhance Earthquake and Tsunami danger in Pacific Northwest

Mon, 20/11/2017 - 18:45
The Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has all the ingredients for making powerful earthquakes -- and according to the geological record, the region is due for its next 'big one.' A new study has found that the occurrence of these big, destructive quakes and associated devastating tsunamis may be linked to compact sediments along large portions of the subduction zone.

Largest, longest multiphysics earthquake simulation created to date

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 17:10
A multi-disciplinary team has simulated the largest, longest multiphysics earthquake simulation to date.

Japanese earthquake zone strongly influenced by the effects of friction

Thu, 26/10/2017 - 18:52
Researchers have identified that subduction-related friction and pre-existing fault structures in the Eurasian/Philippine Sea plate boundary significantly influences earthquake location and rupturing behavior. The degree of friction decreases towards the Nankai Trough, resulting in non-uniform stress accumulation that has influenced the location of historic and modern earthquakes in the region.

6,000-year-old skull could be from the world's earliest known tsunami victim

Wed, 25/10/2017 - 20:06
Scientists have discovered what they believe is the skull of the earliest known tsunami victim, a person who lived 6,000 years ago in Papua New Guinea. The skull itself was found almost a hundred years ago, but recent analysis of the sediments found with the skull reveals that they bear distinctive hallmarks of tsunami activity.

New magma pathways after giant lateral volcano collapses

Mon, 23/10/2017 - 19:55
Giant lateral collapses are huge landslides occurring at the flanks of a volcano. Such collapses are rather common events during the evolution of a large volcanic edifice, often with dramatic consequences such as tsunami and volcano explosions. These catastrophic events interact with the magmatic activity of the volcano, as new research suggests.

Risk of tsunamis in Mediterranean Sea has been overstated, say experts

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 19:48
A review of geological evidence for tsunamis during the past 4500 years in the Mediterranean Sea has revealed that as many as 90 per cent of these inundation events may have been misinterpreted by scientists and were due to storm activity instead.

New study analyzes volcanic fatalities in more detail than ever before

Fri, 06/10/2017 - 15:18
Building on existing information and databases relating to volcanic fatalities, scientists have, for the first time, been able to classify victims by activity or occupation and look at the distance of their death from the volcano.

Erosion from ancient tsunami in Northern California

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 16:30
Geologists use ground-penetrating radar to determine the breadth and depth of erosion from an ancient tsunami in Northern California.

Tsunami enabled hundreds of aquatic species to raft across Pacific

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 19:21
The 2011 Japanese tsunami set the stage for something unprecedented. For the first time in recorded history, scientists have detected entire communities of coastal species crossing the ocean by floating on makeshift rafts. Nearly 300 species have appeared on the shores of Hawaii and the US West Coast attached to tsunami debris, marine biologists discovered.

Large earthquakes along Olympic Mountain faults, Washington State, USA

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 14:42
A comprehensive study of faults along the north side of the Olympic Mountains of Washington State emphasizes the substantial seismic hazard to the northern Puget Lowland region. The study examined the Lake Creek-Boundary Creek and Sadie Creek faults along the north flank the Olympic Mountains, and concludes that there were three to five large, surface-rupturing earthquakes along the faults within the last 13,000 years.

The losses that come after the earthquake: Devastating and costly

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 15:40
Nature's most unpredictable and one of her most devastating natural disasters. When high intensity earthquakes strike they can cause thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damaged property. For decades, experts have studied major earthquakes; most have focused on fatalities and destruction in terms of the primary effects, the shaking unleashed.