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Japan and New Zealand were hit hardest by earthquakes
Last year, earthquakes and their consequences, such as tsunamis, landslides, and ground settlements, caused a damage of 365 billion US dollars. Hence, 2011 was the year with the so far highest economic losses due to earthquakes. View News Article (2012-01-20)

Expert challenges earthquake theory behind Indonesian mud volcano
A leading expert today repeated his assertion that an Indonesian mud volcano was almost certainly manmade despite a new study claiming the eruption might have been triggered by an earthquake. View News Article (2007-08-01)

Understanding risk to Seattle's high-rise buildings from a giant Cascadian earthquake
The Cascadia subduction zone is likely to produce the strongest shaking experienced in the lower 48 states. Although seismic activity in the Pacific Northwest has been relatively low in the past two centuries, there is a growing consensus that this fault zone ruptures in giant earthquakes (magnitude exceeding 9); the last rupture is inferred to have occurred in 1700. View News Article (2009-04-10)

Tonga quake not conducive to tsunami
Seismologists at Washington University in St. Louis and their colleagues in Australia, Japan and Tonga have determined why a large earthquake in Tonga did not cause a large tsunami. View News Article (2007-03-13)

Study of Chile earthquake finds new rock structure that affects earthquake rupture
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have found an unusual mass of rock deep in the active fault line beneath Chile which influenced the rupture size of a massive earthquake that struck the region in 2010. View News Article (2014-11-03)

Peruvian tectonic plates move by earthquakes and non-seismic slip
Just a few years ago, Dan Farber happened to be doing field work in Peru with students when the 8.0 Pisco earthquake struck. As a scientist working in the active tectonics of the Peruvian Andes - funded through the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics - Farber was asked by colleagues if he could participate in a rapid response team to map the... View News Article (2010-05-07)

UCSB scientists obtain unique recordings of Easter earthquake in Mexico
The major earthquake that occurred in Baja California on Easter Sunday, April 4th, at 3:40 p.m. Pacific Time, is of great interest to UC Santa Barbara seismologists, who are busy collecting information from a nearby research station. View News Article (2010-04-07)

The Bay Area's Next 'Big One' Could Strike as a Series of Quakes
Most people are familiar with the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and are aware of the earthquake risk posed to the Bay Area - and much of California - by the San Andreas Fault. View News Article (2014-09-17)

Media bias distorts details of past earthquakes
The story of some violent historic earthquakes may need to be revisited, according to a study published in the April issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA). View News Article (2007-04-04)

Dynamic stressing of a global system of faults results in rare seismic silence
In the global aftershock zone that followed the major April 2012 Indian Ocean earthquake, seismologists noticed an unusual pattern - a dynamic "stress shadow," or period of seismic silence when some faults near failure were temporarily rendered incapable of a large rupture.  View News Article (2014-03-12)

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