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UC San Diego engineers lead national effort to save lives and buildings during earthquakes
Earthquake engineers from UC San Diego, University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University are joining efforts to make buildings such as hotels, schools, apartments and hospitals safer. To do this, the researchers will put a three-story reinforced masonry structure with shear wall systems through a series of rigorous earthquakes beginning Jan. 10. (2011-01-07)

University of Toronto seismic brace system headed to market
University of Toronto Engineering develops innovative new yielding brace system to protect buildings from earthquakes. (2011-01-05)

6 years after the tsunami disaster
Six years after the tsunami disaster of Dec. 26, 2004, the set-up of the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean (GITEWS) has been completed. (2010-12-23)

Back to the dead (sea, that is)
A new study led by professor Zvi Ben-Avraham of Tel Aviv University's Minerva Dead Sea Research Center is digging underneath the Dead Sea to reveal the historical health of the planet through the last 500,000 years -- and to learn more about what climate change may hold in store for our planet. (2010-12-23)

Drilling in the holy land
About 50 miles from Bethlehem, a drilling project is determining the climate and earthquake activity of the holy land. Scientists from eight nations are examining the ground below the Dead Sea, by placing a borehole in this deepest basin in the world. (2010-12-22)

As earthquakes take their toll, Virginia Tech engineers look at enhancing building designs
The objective of Performance Based Earthquake Engineering (PBEE) is to control damage and provide life-safety for any size of earthquake. Virginia Tech engineers are developing structural systems that (2010-12-16)

'Shaky' plan: Quake experiments may lead to sturdier buildings
Cold-formed steel has become a popular construction material for commercial and industrial buildings, but a key question remains: How can these structures be designed so that they are most likely to remain intact in a major earthquake? (2010-12-15)

'Array of arrays' coaxing secrets from unfelt seismic tremor events
New technology is letting University of Washington researchers get a much better picture of how episodic tremor events relate to potentially catastrophic earthquakes every 300 to 500 years in the Cascadia subduction zone. (2010-12-13)

Earthshaking possibilities may limit underground storage of carbon dioxide
Combating global warming by pumping carbon dioxide into the ground for long-term storage -- known as carbon sequestration -- could trigger small earthquakes that might breach the storage system, allowing the gas back into the atmosphere, according to Stanford geophysicist Mark Zoback. That hazard, combined with a need for thousands of injection sites around the globe, may keep sequestration from being feasible on a large scale. (2010-12-13)

Assessing the seismic hazard of the central eastern United States
As the US policymakers renew emphasis on the use of nuclear energy in their efforts to reduce the country's oil dependence, other factors come into play. One concern of paramount importance is the seismic hazard at the site where nuclear reactors are located. (2010-12-10)

Project will monitor tremor activity beneath southern San Andreas Fault
Seismologists were startled in 2002 to discover rumblings, called tremors, under fault zones in Japan and Washington, and in 2004 under a locked section of California's San Andreas Fault. The Moore Foundation has now given $1.2 million to the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory to install a network of earthquake sensors around the San Andreas Fault at Cholame to monitor these faint tremors and determine their connection with earthquakes. (2010-12-09)

University of Miami Rosenstiel School professor receives prestigious geophysics award
Tim Dixon, a professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami is the recipient of the 2010 George P. Woollard Award from the American Geological Society for his pioneering work on geologic processes using space geodesy techniques. (2010-12-06)

Researchers find mathematical patterns to forecast earthquakes
Researchers from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide and the Universidad de Sevilla have found patterns of behavior that occur before an earthquake on the Iberian peninsula. The team used clustering techniques to forecast medium-large seismic movements when certain circumstances coincide. (2010-12-02)

Hebrew University researchers reveal way in which possible earthquakes can be predicted
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who have been examining what happens in a (2010-11-30)

SCEC's 'M8' earthquake simulation breaks computational records, promises better quake models
A multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Southern California Earthquake Center recently presented the world's most advanced earthquake shaking simulation. The (2010-11-19)

Panama Canal, Panama City at risk of large earthquake, says new research
New data suggest that the Limon and Pedro Miguel faults in Central Panama have ruptured both independently and in unison over the past 1400 years, indicating a significant seismic risk for Panama City and the Panama Canal. (2010-11-18)

A history of Earth's convulsions
Ancient earthquakes are pre-instrumental earthquakes that can only be identified through indirect evidence in the archaeological (archaeoseismology) and geological (palaeoseismology) record. New GSA Special Paper 471 includes a selection of cases which illustrate ways that the archaeological record is being used in earthquake studies. Ancient Earthquakes will be of interest to the broad community of earth scientists, seismologists, historians, and archaeologists active in and around archaeological sites threatened by seismic hazards throughout the world. (2010-11-17)

2008 Wenchuan earthquake: a landmark in China's history
The devastating 2008 Wenchuan earthquake marks a defining moment for China's earthquake science program. The focus of a special November issue of the prestigious Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA), the M 7.9 earthquake has garnered intense interest among seismologists, allowing the Chinese science community to demonstrate its capability to a global audience. (2010-11-05)

A speed gun for the Earth's insides
Researchers at the University of Bristol reveal today in the journal Nature that they have developed a seismological (2010-10-27)

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)

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