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Scientists obtain core samples from subsea fault system off Japan
Scientists aboard IODP scientific drilling vessel Chikyu collected 5,000 samples from the seismogenic zone known as the Nankai Trough. The samples will provide scientists with new sources of data and the potential for increased understanding of how earthquakes are generated. (2008-02-05)

WHOI experts stress lessons From Japan earthquake
While Japan's 8.9-magnitude earthquake and accompanying tsunami represent a devastating natural disaster for the country's residents, scientists should also seize upon the massive temblor as an important learning tool for future quakes around the world, including the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States, according to experts from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. (2011-03-11)

San Francisco's big 1906 quake was third of a series on San Andreas Fault
Research led by a University of Oregon doctoral student in California's Santa Cruz Mountains has uncovered geologic evidence that supports historical narratives for two earthquakes in the 68 years prior to San Francisco's devastating 1906 disaster. (2014-02-12)

Months of geologic unrest signaled reawakening of Icelandic volcano
Months of volcanic restlessness preceded the eruptions this spring of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, providing insight into what roused it from its centuries of slumber. (2010-11-18)

Watch Out, There's A Tsunami On The Way
Japan should soon be able to get advance warning of tsunamis, the giant waves that create havoc when they hit the coast. A new alerting system uses Global Positioning System navigation satellites to monitor the vertical motion of a buoy moored out in the ocean. (1999-05-05)

USGS drilling project opens the book on "la underground"
A drilling project that is harvesting 1,000 feet of earth and rock cores from the Los Angeles basin will establish a virtual library of information on the geology of the area, according to scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). An opportunity to visit the drill site and interview scientists is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 20. For detailed directions, call Dale Cox at 916-997-4209, or visit the web site at (1999-07-19)

Does the central Andean backarc have the potential for a great earthquake?
The region east of the central Andes Mountains has the potential for larger scale earthquakes than previously expected. Previous research had set the maximum expected earthquake size to be magnitude 7.5, based on the relatively quiet history of seismicity in that area. This new study by researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and colleagues contradicts that limit and instead suggests that the region could see quakes with magnitudes 8.7 to 8.9. (2011-05-08)

Thorne Lay honored by Seismological Society of America
An influential seismologist and community leader whose research has refined our understanding of the Earth's deep interior, Thorne Lay will be honored by the Seismological Society of America with its highest honor, the Harry Fielding Reid Medal, which recognizes contributions to science and society, at the organization's annual meeting held April 21-23, 2015 in Pasadena, Calif. (2014-11-17)

Scientists underestimated potential for Tohoku quake. Now what?
The massive Tohoku, Japan, earthquake in 2011 and Sumatra-Andaman superquake in 2004 stunned scientists because neither region was thought to be capable of producing a megathrust earthquake with a magnitude exceeding 8.4. Now earthquake scientists are going back to the proverbial drawing board and admitting that existing predictive models looking at maximum earthquake size are no longer valid. (2013-01-23)

Seismologists offer detailed look at New Zealand's Kaikoura earthquake
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. In a special session at the 2017 Seismological Society of America's (SSA) Annual Meeting, researchers will gather to describe their findings on the quake and its implications for further seismic activity in the region. (2017-04-12)

Past earthquakes triggered large rockslides in the Eastern Alps
Geologists from the University of Innsbruck shed new light on a long-lasting debate about the trigger mechanism of large rockslides. Lake mud in two Alpine lakes in Tyrol reveal that rare strong earthquakes are the final cause of multiple, prehistoric rockslides in the Eastern Alps. The steep rock slopes were degraded by a series of prehistoric earthquakes, larger than any of the historically documented events in the region of the past ~1000 years. The study has now been published in the Journal Nature Communications. (2021-02-16)

Do old glaciers cause new earthquakes in New Madrid, Missouri?
The ghost of past glaciers may still rattle the American Midwest. During the last ice age, a gigantic ice sheet invaded North America, weighing down the hard upper crust. Eventually, the glaciers melted and North America slowly rose. Glacial rebound continues even today and triggers quakes in the New Madrid fault zone in Missouri, according to a new study in the journal Geology. (2001-03-07)

Toward a better understanding of earthquakes
The Earth is shaken daily by strong earthquakes recorded by a number of seismic stations worldwide. Tectonic tremor, however, is a new type of seismic signal that seismologist started studying only within the last few years. The link between tremor and earthquakes may provide clues about the more destructive earthquakes that occur at shallower depths. Geophysicists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology collected seismic data of tectonic tremor in California. (2012-07-05)

New South Pole seismic station is one of world's quietest and most sensitive
Data collected by a new seismic observatory at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station indicate that it is the quietest listening post on the planet for observing shudders produced by earthquakes around the world as they vibrate through the Earth. (2003-03-25)

EARTH: Crowdsourcing for quake-monitoring
Technology is creating a new breed of scientist. I'm talking about citizen scientists -- ordinary people and volunteers from all walks of life coming together to help monitor, and possibly mitigate, the next big earthquake through an innovative program called NetQuakes. (2012-08-27)

Sumatra-Andaman earthquake modeled and mapped
The earthquake that generated the Sumatran-Andaman Islands tsunami caused massive devastation, but exactly what happened beneath the ocean is the focus of modeling activities by an international team of geoscientists. (2005-05-19)

Locations of strain, slip identified in major earthquake fault
Deep-sea drilling into one of the most active earthquake zones on the planet is providing the first direct look at the geophysical fault properties underlying some of the world's largest earthquakes and tsunamis. (2009-02-15)

Rainwater discovered at new depths
University of Southampton researchers have found that rainwater can penetrate below the Earth's fractured upper crust, which could have major implications for our understanding of earthquakes and the generation of valuable mineral deposits. (2014-07-15)

A seismic triple whammy
A magnitude 8.1 earthquake and tsunami that killed 192 people last year in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga actually was a triple whammy: The 8.1 (2010-08-18)

Slow motion precursors give earthquakes the fast slip
At a glacier near the South Pole, earth scientists have found evidence of a quiet, slow-motion fault slip that triggers strong, fast-slip earthquakes many miles away, according to Cornell University research published in Science Advances. (2021-02-16)

Scientists launch deep-sea scientific drilling program to study volatile earthquake zone
Scientists begin exploring the origins of earthquakes at their source with the launch of the Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment. On Sept. 21, the Japanese drilling vessel Chikyu departs from Shingu Port with scientists aboard, ready to log, drill, sample and install monitoring instrumentation in one of the most active earthquake zones on Earth. Situated off Japan's southwest coast, the Nankai Trough has generated large-scale earthquakes and tsunamis for millions of years. (2007-09-20)

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 damage of the seismic deformation and install a system of geodetic stations. (2010-05-06)

Our ancestors lived on shaky ground
An international team of scientists has established a link between the shape of the landscape and the habitats preferred by our earliest ancestors. They preferred to settle in locations that have something in common with cities such as San Francisco, Naples and Istanbul -- they are often on active tectonic faults in areas that have an earthquake risk or volcanoes, or both. (2011-03-03)

Space houses on Earth
An ESA-designed house that uses technology designed for space could become the basis of the new German Antarctic station, Neumayer-III. The new station has to meet stringent laws set up to protect the Antarctic environment, which is where the use of space technology comes in. (2004-08-24)

Sumatra faces yet another risk -- major volcanic eruptions
The early April earthquake of magnitude 8.6 that shook Sumatra was a grim reminder of the devastating earthquakes and tsunami that killed tens of thousands of people in 2004 and 2005. Now a new study, funded by the National Science Foundation, shows that the residents of that region are at risk from yet another potentially deadly natural phenomenon -- major volcanic eruptions. (2012-05-16)

Earthquakes Take More Lives In 1997
Despite the lower number of major earthquakes worldwide (21 major earthquakes were recorded in 1996), the death toll from earthquakes was much higher in 1997 than in the previous year, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. (1997-12-31)

1,000 Shares of Magnetar at 12-1/2!
Here's a hot stock tip: the market, earthquakes, traffic jams, and magnetars follow the same power law. This oddity of the universe won't make you rich; it certainly can't be used to predict where the market is headed. But it follows a recent theory called self-organizing criticality. (1999-12-07)

Mt. Aso could erupt much sooner, scientists warn
Damage from the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake could hasten Mt. Aso's eruption, volcanologists warn. In a paper published on Science, Kyoto University researchers and colleagues report new faults in the vicinity of Mt. Aso's magma chamber and volcanic cones, which they say could alter spatial and mechanical properties of Aso volcano. (2016-10-20)

New Zealand earthquake damage illustrates risks posed by shallow crustal faults
The terribly destructive earthquake that just hit Christchurch, New Zealand, was only a moderate 6.3 magnitude, but had certain characteristics that offer an important lesson to cities up and down the West Coast of North America that face similar risks, experts say. (2011-02-22)

Alpine fault in New Zealand not your average fault
Ents, orcs and hobbits may have trod upon New Zealand soils, but beneath the Southern Island lies a giant earthquake fault that may help seismologists understand how the Earth moves and bends, according to a Penn State seismologist. (2004-08-18)

When the shaking stopped, the work began - for USGS scientists
In the decade following the Loma Prieta earthquake, scientists from the USGS and cooperating organizations intensified their efforts to help safeguard the San Francisco Bay area from even larger shocks in the future. Some of these future earthquakes will occur closer to the urban core of the region than the 1989 temblor. (1999-10-07)

Geologists focus on area water quality, earthquakes, climate, and history
Highlights from the 37th annual meeting, North-Central Section, of the Geological Society of America include presentations on water quality, earthquakes and the history associated with Lewis and Clark's (2003-03-24)

FSU classics professor exploring a 'lost' city of the Mycenaeans
Along an isolated, rocky stretch of Greek shoreline, a Florida State University researcher and his students are unlocking the secrets of a partially submerged, (2008-03-11)

No Redoubt: Volcanic eruption forecasting improved
Forecasting volcanic eruptions with success is heavily dependent on recognizing well-established patterns of pre-eruption unrest in the monitoring data. But in order to develop better monitoring procedures, it is also crucial to understand volcanic eruptions that deviate from these patterns. New research retrospectively documented and analyzed the period immediately preceding the 2009 eruption of the Redoubt volcano in Alaska, which was characterized by an abnormally long period of pre-eruption seismic activity that's normally associated with short-term warnings of eruption. (2013-04-29)

Computer Simulation To Predict Forest Fires
As small earthquakes can be omens of larger ones and landslides can be precursors to avalanches, Cornell University geologists have shown in a computer simulation that forest fires display the same natural behavior. Their findings, they believe, could be used to predict where large forest fires can occur -- and how to prevent them. (1998-09-17)

Long distance: Research shows ancient rock under Haiti came from 1,000+ miles away
Earthquakes and volcanoes are known for their ability to transform Earth's surface, but new research in the Caribbean has found they can also move ancient Earth rock foundations more than 1,000 miles. (2011-07-12)

Growing mountains or shifting ground: What is going on in Earth's inner core?
Exhaustive seismic data from repeating earthquakes and new data-processing methods have yielded the best evidence yet that the Earth's inner core is rotating - revealing a better understanding of the hotly debated processes that control the planet's magnetic field. (2020-05-12)

The songs of fin whales offer new avenue for seismic studies of the oceanic crust
The songs of fin whales can be used for seismic imaging of the oceanic crust, providing scientists a novel alternative to conventional surveying. (2021-02-11)

Nearly 1,000 earthquakes recorded in Arizona over 3 years
Arizona State University researchers use EarthScope data to build the first comprehensive earthquake catalog for Arizona. (2012-08-14)

MU researcher to study volcanism with under-ocean sensors
Earthquakes and volcanic activity occur when the tectonic plates that make up Earth's surface move apart or converge. While this activity is relatively easy to observe on land, it's more difficult to observe under the ocean, where most of it occurs. A University of Missouri-Columbia researcher will soon undertake a study to learn more about this process by placing sensors on a mid-ocean ridge called the East Pacific Rise. (2007-02-05)

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