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Tsunami researcher makes big splash with landslide model
Using a 30-meter wave tank to simulate landslides caused by underwater earthquakes, a URI researcher is developing a model to better understand how tsunamis form and move across the oceans. (2002-01-31)

Earth scientists use fractals to measure and predict natural disasters
Predicting the size, location, and timing of natural hazards is virtually impossible, but now, earth scientists are able to forecast hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, and landslides using fractals. (2002-01-30)

Rutgers research on shear activity may improve safety in areas as diverse as landslides, pill manufacture
The discovery of shear activity in granular flow may help scientists begin to understand a wide variety of phenomena -- from the quirks of landslides to the strange turbulence sometimes seen as grains and powders rush down factory chutes. It could lead to greater safety for valley-dwellers, and better product quality in areas like pharmaceutical manufacture. Rutgers University engineers provide details in a paper published in (2002-01-17)

Disturbance can benefit some rare forest plants
While human disturbances can destroy ecosystems, new research shows that a little disturbance can be good for forest plants with small ranges. Called endemics, these species are often a conservation priority and this is the first study of how human disturbances affect them. (2001-05-28)

LSU to establish first hurricane engineering program in the world
Louisiana State University has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a ground- breaking new curriculum in hurricane engineering. The program will be the first of its kind in the world and is a joint project of the LSU Hurricane Center and the LSU College of Engineering. (2000-08-15)

Trapped water could be a cause for underwater landslides, tidal waves
Penn State analyses of the continental slope about 100 miles off the northern New Jersey coast show that water trapped in sediments there is highly pressurized and, if expelled violently, could cause undersea landslides which can produce tidal waves. (2000-07-13)

Most recent natural disasters were not the century's worst, USGS says
Nature has dealt staggering blows to the Earth and its people in 1999. But these were not the worst disasters of the century, either in the power of the events or in the loss of life and property that they caused. (1999-12-29)

USGS helps officials to avoid unnecessary evacuation
Hurricane Lenny brought high winds and heavy rains ,residents in the vicinity of Lago La Plata were spared the hazards of an unnecessary evacuation Wednesday morning, because of the efforts of U.S. Geological Survey Office personnel in advance of the storm. Stream gauging stations were put on alert mode throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide data which proved critical in verifying that a flood of the Lago La Plata Reservoir was not impending. (1999-11-18)

USGS moves to fortify civil defense against hurricane in Puerto Rico
Due to an unprecedented decision by the U.S.Geological Survey (USGS) representative in Puerto Rico, two USGS employees in Guaynabo have actually moved to the city's civil defense facility and will remain there until the latest in a series of hurricanes (Jose) no longer appears to threaten the lives and property of the residents of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. (1999-10-20)

NRC mobilizes Canadian team to investigate Taiwan quake damage
The purpose of the mission is to gather perishable data and evidence that will be shared and used by scientists in Taiwan and in Canada. They will evaluate the causes of damage and the resistance of buildings and other structures during the earthquake. (1999-10-01)

As Hurricane Floyd moves up the Atlantic Coast . . . .
As Hurricane Floyd continues to bring heavy rain and dangerous storm surges to the Atlantic Coast, USGS scientists are tackling the challenges that a storm of this intensity brings to coastal resources -- from flood-swollen rivers, to saturated hillsides, to vulnerable barrier islands, to altered wildlife habitats. (1999-09-17)

Landslides will continue to impact U.S.
Scenic rock cliffs falling to valley floors, rocks ripping out mountainsides, mud and debris moving down valleys at deadly speeds, mines and caves collapsing, and ocean and river bluffs sliding into the water -- all describe one of the nation's most underestimated hazards -- landslides. Major rockfalls have been the main geological culprit in the landslide family of late. In the last month, at least 10 fatalities have resulted from rockfalls in Hawaii, Colorado, and California. (1999-06-24)

Natural disaster is waiting to happen
A lake in the quake-prone mountains of central Asia is close to unleashing one of the deadliest natural disasters in history, say an international team of geologists and aid workers. If the natural dam that holds back the lake bursts, a wall of water 100 metres high would devastate hundreds of tiny villages. (1999-06-16)

Geologic "X-Rays" Pinpoint Weak Spots On Volcano Surface
By analyzing data collected by satellites circling the globe, volcanologists at the University at Buffalo have produced geologic (1998-10-29)

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)

CU Chaos And Complexity Center Announces New Business Network
The Colorado Center for Chaos and Complexity has formed a business network that is expected to draw participants from local and national companies, government agencies and non- profit organizations. (1998-07-07)

USGS Scientist To Present Evidence For Cause Of Caribbean Tsunamis At Boston Meeting
USGS scientist William Dillon will present new evidence for the cause of several historical tsunamis near Puerto Rico at the American Geophysical Union meeting, scheduled for May 26- 29 in Boston. (1998-05-27)

FloodingAnd Growth Aren't The Only Result Of The Annual Spring Melt-Off--Water From Melting Snow Can Trigger Landslides
An air temperature threshold is a powerful indicator for anticipating potentially hazardous landslides during the spring snowmelt season, according to the results of a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey. (1998-04-14)

Ancient Meteorite Collapsed Margin, Spawned Giant Submarine Avalanches
A giant meteorite smacked the Earth 65 million years ago with the force of a million atomic bombs. The collision, which scientists believe led dinosaurs and many other species to die off within a few years, also caused massive landslides along the edge of the continent north of Mexico's Yucat√°n Peninsula, new evidence suggests. (1998-03-31)

USGS Scientists Gear Up For El Nino
From the West Coast to South Florida, the U.S. Geological Survey is gearing up as part of the scientific front line in studying and reducing the impact of El Nino. (1997-11-06)

Sensors To Measure Tsunamis In Real Time
Researchers from Cornell, USC, Harvard and the University of Washington plan to deploy bottom-pressure recorders (BPR's) and seismic instrument arrays for real-time monitoring of tsunami development and study sea-floor deformation that occurs during earthquakes that turn into tsunamis. (1997-10-23)

A 'CAT Scan' Of Mount Rainier Detects Quake Hazards
University of Washington researchers have made the first detailed study of the possible trigger for a massive landslide on Mount Rainier: a large earthquake centered in the volcano's backyard.The study, the first three-dimensional look into the interior of the volcano and its surroundings, leads UW research scientist Seth Moran to speculate that a potential earthquake hazard exists in the southeastern corner of Mount Rainier. (1997-08-19)

Behind The Scenes In The Pacific Northwest Flooding
The floods have crested and are beginning to recede in most places in the Pacific Northwest. Nevertheless dozens of U.S. Geological Survey personnel, who were busy over the holidays measuring the high streamflows and keeping river stage monitors operating, are still busy in the field and in their offices. Field crews have been hampered by mudslides, road closures, and extremely dangerous conditions. Many sites cannot be reached. (1997-01-03)

San Francisco And Southern California Preliminary Seismic Hazard Zone Maps Out For Review
The latest tool to help protect life and property during an earthquake is in the works, thanks to the California Department of Conservation. The department has just distributed six preliminary seismic hazard zone maps and draft map guidelines to local officials for technical review (1996-11-18)

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