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Purdue-led research team finds Haiti quake caused by unknown fault
Researchers found a previously unmapped fault was responsible for the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti and that the originally blamed fault remains ready to produce a large earthquake. The team determined the earthquake's origin is a fault they have named the Leogane fault. The newly discovered fault runs almost parallel to the Enriquillo fault, which was originally thought to be the source of the earthquake. (2010-10-25)

Quakes don't completely shake China's environmental gains, thanks to conservation programs
The impact of China's devastating 2008 earthquake was substantially lessened by environmental conservation programs for some of the country's most fragile habitats. Analysis of satellite imagery and field data by scientists at Michigan State University and in China show the quake -- and the resulting landslides -- affected 10 percent of the forests covering the mountains that are home to endangered species, including the beloved giant panda. But it could have been worse. (2010-10-24)

Popular Mechanics breakthrough awardees announced
Popular Mechanics has recognized three NSF-funded projects with innovation Breakthrough Awards: an artificial retina returning sight to those who have lost it; a system that uses (2010-10-22)

Calming earthquake fears in the Midwest
When people in the Midwest say they fear a big earthquake is going to hit their hometown soon, Northwestern University geologist Seth Stein, the author of the new book (2010-10-21)

Tsunami risk higher in Los Angeles, other major cities
Geologists studying the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake say the risk of destructive tsunamis is higher than expected in places such as Kingston, Istanbul, and Los Angeles. This latest research suggests even a moderate earthquake on a strike-slip fault can generate tsunamis through submarine landslides, raising the overall tsunami risk in these places. (2010-10-10)

October 2010 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
In this issue, the relationship between rainwater and earthquakes is explored, and two studies focus on seismic hazard in the San Francisco Bay Area. (2010-10-05)

Operation Unified Response: 3 phases of disaster care in Haiti
A pediatric medical response to a major disaster should focus on three consecutive missions: protection of life and limb, continuing care and finally, humanitarian aid, according to research presented Sunday, Oct. 3, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. (2010-10-03)

Pediatric field hospital in Haiti provides lessons in disaster planning and response
A study on the creation and evolution of a pediatric field hospital -- from a disaster service facility to a full-fledged children's hospital -- during the weeks and months following the disaster, was presented on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. (2010-10-03)

University of Nevada, Reno's earthquake lab gets $12 million from Commerce Department
The University of Nevada, Reno, has been awarded $12.2 million from the US Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology, it was announced Wednesday. This will fund the major portion of an expansion of the world-renowned earthquake engineering lab where, for the past 25 years, researchers have conducted successful experiments of building and testing large-scale structures and bridges to advance seismic safety. (2010-10-01)

Video simulations of real earthquakes made available to worldwide network
A Princeton University-led research team has developed the capability to produce realistic movies of earthquakes based on complex computer simulations that can be made available worldwide within hours of a disastrous upheaval. (2010-09-22)

The biggest crash on Earth
During the collision of India with the Eurasian continent, the Indian plate is pushed about 500 kilometers under Tibet, reaching a depth of 250 kilometers. The result of this largest collision in the world is the world's highest mountain range, but the tsunami in the Indian Ocean from 2004 was also created by earthquakes generated by this collision. (2010-09-16)

Caltech receives $10 million in gifts to help launch new terrestrial hazard center
Caltech has established the Terrestrial Hazard Observation and Reporting Center, funded by $6.7 million from Foster and Coco Stanback, and $3.35 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore matching program. (2010-09-15)

Improving crisis prediction, disaster control and damage reduction
Earthquakes, homicide surges, magnetic storms and the US economic recession are all kindred of a sort, according to a theoretical framework presented in the journal Chaos. Researchers in the United States and Russia contend that these four types of events share a precursory development pattern that can be detected and tracked, possibly improving crisis prediction. (2010-09-14)

Research will help ID bodies left behind by Chilean earthquake, Pinochet regime
New research from North Carolina State University will help medical examiners and others identify human remains of those killed during the recent earthquake in Chile, as well as the bodies of the (2010-09-14)

A tectonic zip
The complex fracture pattern created by the earthquake in ConcepciĆ³n (Chile) on Feb. 27, 2010, was to a certain extent predictable. GPS observations from the years before the earthquake showed the pattern of stresses that had accumulated through the plate movements during the past 175 years in this area. (2010-09-09)

Study recommends changes to emergency seed aid
A major study of agriculture in Haiti after this year's earthquake has found that much of the emergency seed aid provided after the disaster was not targeted to emergency needs. The report concludes that seed aid, when poorly designed, could actually harm farmers or depress local markets, therefore hampering recovery from emergencies. (2010-09-01)

Surfing for earthquakes
A better understanding of the ground beneath our feet will result from research by seismologists and computer scientists. (2010-08-20)

Big quakes more frequent than thought on San Andreas fault
Earthquakes have rocked the powerful San Andreas fault that splits California far more often than previously thought, according to UC Irvine and Arizona State University researchers who have charted temblors there stretching back 700 years. (2010-08-20)

Deadly Tonga earthquake revealed as 3 big quakes
A magnitude-8.1 earthquake and tsunami that killed 192 people last year in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga was in fact a triple-whammy. The 8.1 (2010-08-19)

Not 1, but 2 great earthquakes caused 2009 Samoa-Tonga tsunami disaster
Scientists studying the massive earthquake that struck the South Pacific on Sept. 29, 2009, have found that it actually involved two great earthquakes: an initial one with magnitude 8.1, which then triggered another magnitude 8 earthquake seconds later on a different fault. The details of this rare event, called a (2010-08-18)

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)

Additional press conference on Chile quake -- Wednesday, Aug. 11
The following event has been added to the 2010 Meeting of the Americas press schedule. (2010-08-10)

BSSA tip sheet for August 2010
Seismologists have identified potentially active faults near Olympia, Washington State, adding to the number of faults that may be active in the area. The new editor-in-chief of BSSA is a professor of geosciences at University of Texas at El Paso. (2010-08-09)

New theory of why midcontinent faults produce earthquakes
A new theory developed at Purdue University may solve the mystery of why the New Madrid fault, which lies in the middle of the continent and not along a tectonic plate boundary, produces large earthquakes such as the ones that shook the eastern United States in 1811 and 1812. (2010-07-30)

University of Nevada, Reno tests cutting-edge technology for underwater mapping at Tahoe basin
A borrowed boat, a small mountain lake and the inaugural run of a half-a-million dollar state-of-the-art multi-beam sonar system made history this month with the successful high-definition mapping of the bottom of Fallen Leaf Lake, a tributary lake just upstream from Lake Tahoe. (2010-07-29)

AAAS Caribbean Division hosts workshop on building Haitian science and science education capacity
Nearly two dozen scientists, science policy experts, and educators have convened here today to explore how collaborative efforts to build Haitian science capacity can help the nation recover from its devastating January earthquake and contribute to its long-term economic development. (2010-07-12)

Geoscientists find clues to why first Sumatran earthquake was deadlier than second
An international team of geoscientists has uncovered geological differences between two segments of an earthquake fault that may explain why the 2004 Sumatra Boxing Day Tsunami was so much more devastating than a second earthquake generated tsunami three months later. (2010-07-08)

New findings indicate sediment composition affected the strength of Sumatran earthquake
Earthquakes can generate tsunamis when the seafloor moves up or down rapidly, but why do some earthquakes create large hazards, such as the 2004 Sumatra (2010-07-08)

Like fireflies, earthquakes may fire in synchrony
Scientists have well established that big earthquakes can trigger other big quakes by transferring stress along a single fault, as successive earthquakes in Turkey and Indonesia have shown. But some powerful quakes can set off other big quakes on faults tens of kilometers away, with just a tiny nudge, says a new paper. Christopher Scholz, a seismologist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, explains how: the faults are already synchronized, he says. (2010-06-18)

110-foot concrete bridge withstands 8.0 earthquake simulation
After a succession of eight separate earthquake simulations, a 110-foot long, 200-ton concrete bridge model at the University of Nevada, Reno, withstood a powerful jolting, three times the acceleration of the disastrous 1994 magnitude 6.9 Northridge, Calif., earthquake, and survived in good condition. (2010-06-16)

NJIT professor tells architects building practices to withstand hurricanes
Rima Taher, an expert in the design of low-rise buildings for extreme winds and hurricane, hopes her phone won't ring much this hurricane season. It's already been busy with requests for information about best building design and construction practices to reduce wind pressures on building surfaces. (2010-06-07)

BSSA tip sheet for June 2010 issue
The following are articles in the next Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. (2010-06-02)

Oregon may build nation's first tsunami evacuation structure
Residents of a small Oregon coastal community are moving closer to the creation of something that's never before been built in the United States -- a structure designed specifically to withstand a major earthquake and the force of a tsunami, and give people somewhere to run to for safety. (2010-05-24)

Scientists share latest Mexico earthquake data
A Joint Meeting of the Geological Society of America's Cordilleran Section and the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, with the Western Regional Society of Petroleum Engineers, is expected to draw more than 900 geoscientists to Anaheim, Calif., later this week to present new Earth science research. (2010-05-24)

Odds are about 1-in-3 that a mega-earthquake will hit the Northwest in the next 50 years
The major earthquakes that devastated Chile earlier this year and which triggered the catastrophic Indonesian tsunami of 2004 are more than just a distinct possibility to strike the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States, scientists say. There is more than a one-in-three chance that it will happen within the next 50 years. (2010-05-24)

Haitian group that leads AIDS fight wins 2010 Gates Award for Global Health
GHESKIO, an institution in Haiti founded nearly three decades ago to fight a mysterious killer disease later identified as AIDS, has been awarded the prestigious 2010 Gates Award for Global Health for its years of ground-breaking clinical service, research and training to treat effectively and prevent the spread of the HIV/AIDS and other related illnesses, the Global Health Council announced today. (2010-05-17)

'Tsunami' video sheds light on struggling pupfish
For the first time, an earthquake was recorded live in Devils Hole, home to the critically endangered pupfish species. The footage is educating scientists on how struggling species react to disturbance. (2010-05-11)

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)

Radio tags could save lives after earthquakes
Radio frequency identification, RFID, could be used in the immediate aftermath of a major earthquake to save lives, according to new research published in the International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development. (2010-05-06)

Aseismic slip as a barrier to earthquake propagation
A research team made up of scientists from Caltech and their partners in Peru and France report on their analysis of GPS data from the 2007 Pisco quake in Peru. They found, in part, that 50 percent of the postseismic slippage is aseismic -- movement along a fault that occurs without any accompanying seismic waves. (2010-05-05)

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