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Terri Cook and Phil McKenna awarded EGU Science Journalism Fellowship
The European Geosciences Union has named journalists Terri Cook and Phil McKenna as the winners of its 2016 Science Journalism Fellowship. (2016-02-23)
New fault discovered in earthquake-prone Southern California region
A swarm of nearly 200 small earthquakes that shook Southern California residents in the Salton Sea area last week raised concerns they might trigger a larger earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault. (2016-10-04)
Tectonic shift?
A recent study by researchers at the University of Delaware, the University of Oxford and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, provides a new data set that scientists can use to better understand plate tectonics -- the movement of the earth's outer layer. (2016-12-14)
Seismic gap may be filled by an earthquake near Istanbul
After tracking seismic shifts, researchers say a major quake may occur off the coast of Istanbul. (2014-09-10)
Russian Tanya Rautian to be honored with top seismology prize, the Reid Medal
A heavyweight in the field of seismology who drove research efforts in the former Soviet Union, Tanya Glebovna Rautian will be honored with the Seismological Society of America's Reid Medal, which recognizes contributions to science and society, at the organization's annual meeting held April 13-15 in Memphis, Tenn. (2011-04-04)
Seismicity in British Columbia and hidden continent called Zealandia
The science and information magazine of The Geological Society of America, GSA Today, now posts science and Groundwork articles ahead of print as well as publishing double issues where possible. (2017-02-13)
JCU team finds 'unprecedented' earthquake evidence in Africa
JCU researchers found evidence of fluidisation (where soil behaves like quicksand) and upward displacement of material unprecedented in a continental setting, raising questions of how resilient the rapidly growing cities of the region would be in a major shake. (2015-06-15)
Better techniques needed to predict earthquake hazards, UC study finds
Current methods for estimating the ground-shaking effects of major earthquakes could underestimate their severity and lead to inadequate seismic protection of new and existing buildings, according to a pioneering study of earthquake hazards at three University of California campuses - Riverside (UCR), San Diego (UCSD), and Santa Barbara (UCSB). (2004-04-08)
Enhancing earthquake early warning in the Pacific Northwest
Earthquake early warning (EEW) systems depend on speed and accuracy in delivering seismic monitoring data to areas at risk from a quake or volcanic eruption. (2015-04-23)
The geoscience community honors the man who shook up earthquake science
The American Geosciences Institute is honoring one of the scientists who advanced earthquake hazards preparedness and mitigation in the US by his superlative service to the earth sciences. (2014-10-09)
2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake: Results from seismic reflection data
A striking finding of the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake (Mw 9.0) is that more than 50 meters of coseismic fault slip reached the trench axis. (2017-09-05)
How do continents break up?
Classical theory of mantle plume is put in question. (2015-08-13)
New model of Earth's interior reveals clues to hotspot volcanoes
UC Berkeley scientists have discovered channels of slow-moving seismic waves in Earth's upper mantle, a finding that helps explain (2013-09-05)
New observations on the San Andreas Fault in Santa Cruz Mountains, Seattle Fault Zone
New research studies indicate that the Santa Cruz region produces large earthquakes more frequently than previously thought. (2012-05-30)
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)
Good News About Quakes For Southern California
The Los Angeles basin's sediments seem to moderate the type of ground motion that threatens single-story and low- rise buildings in a severe earthquake, a new study of data from the 1994 magnitude-6.7 Northridge quake has revealed. (1997-12-10)
African initiative trains students, explores geophysical mysteries
Earthquakes, volcanoes and the African superplume are only some of the phenomena under investigation through AfricaArray, a program that establishes geophysical observatories, trains African and American students and examines geophysical phenomena on the African continent. (2009-02-13)
New hazard estimates could downplay quake dangers
The dangers posed by a major earthquake in the New Madrid and Charleston, South Carolina, zones in the Midwestern and Southern parts of the United States may be noticeably lower than current estimates if seismologists adjust one of the major assumptions that go into calculating seismic hazard, according to a study presented at the Seismological Society of America. (2008-04-16)
Measurements of an exposed earthquake fault helps scientists understand subsurface faults' behavior, improve hazard forecasts
Geological scientists know something of the causes of earthquakes, and they know where many faults are located. (2001-04-04)
Millions awarded for earthquake monitoring
More than $7 million in cooperative agreements will be awarded for earthquake monitoring by the US Geological Survey in 2010. (2010-05-03)
Scientists pierce veil of clouds to 'see' lightning inside a volcanic plume
Researchers hit the jackpot in late March, when, for the first time, they began recording data on lightning in a volcanic eruption -- right from the start of the eruption. (2009-04-08)
Pacific Northwest tectonic plates are moving
The three major tectonic plates off the Pacific Northwest coast are undergoing a gradual shift, and the area in which they converge - popularly known as the (2006-04-12)
Earth's deepest secrets
In work that promises to advance understanding about the origin and dynamics of Earth's iron-rich inner core and the generation of the planet's magnetic field, a team that includes University of Michigan researchers has found that the elastic properties of iron are quite different at extremely high temperatures than at low temperatures. (2001-09-05)
High pressure experiments reproduce mineral structures 1,800 miles deep
UC Berkeley and Yale scientists have recreated the tremendous pressures and high temperatures deep in the Earth to resolve a long-standing puzzle: why some seismic waves travel faster than others through the boundary between the solid mantle and fluid outer core. (2010-09-23)
Could a Colorado earthquake have been triggered by dinosaur extinction impact?
Researchers have found signs of fault displacement at well-known rock outcrops in Colorado that mark the end-Cretaceous asteroid impact that may have hurried the extinction of the dinosaurs. (2017-04-11)
Scientists cable seafloor seismometer into California's earthquake network
Earthquake monitoring stations are almost always on land, but what about the 70 percent of the Earth's surface under water? (2009-03-18)
Getting to the root of Iceland's molten rock origins
New data reveal an unprecedented depiction of a region of partially molten rock deep within the Earth, which appears to be feeding material in the form of a plume to the surface, where Iceland is located. (2017-07-27)
Mud pots signal possible extension of San Andreas Fault
A linear string of mud pots and mud volcanoes suggest surface evidence for a southern extension of the San Andreas Fault that runs through the Salton Sea, according to a paper published in the August issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. (2008-07-29)
Rapid formation of bubbles in magma may trigger sudden volcanic eruptions
It has long been observed that some volcanoes erupt with little prior warning. (2016-02-01)
Catalina Island's slow sink -- and potential tsunami hazard
New images of ancient, underwater beach terraces around Santa Catalina Island suggest that the island is sinking, probably as a result of changes in the active fault systems around the island. (2015-04-23)
US ports vulnerable to devastating earthquake damage
US ports serve as crucial gateways for international trade, but they're particularly vulnerable to damage in an earthquake. (2006-05-23)
Experts recommend modeling to avoid earthquakes resulting from fracking
Using computer analysis prior to drilling could limit seismic events as a result of hydraulic fracturing, according to new research published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. (2015-11-10)
NSF awards MU $2.16M for intraplate earthquake studies
A project led by a group of University of Missouri-Columbia researchers has been awarded $2.16 million from the National Science Foundation to bolster the collaborative efforts between the US and China in determining the cause of intraplate earthquakes that have occurred in both countries. (2007-10-02)
At least 6 major earthquakes on the Alhama de Murcia fault in the last 300,000 years
Enjoying Spanish participation, an international group of researchers have analysed the most recent history of the Alhama de Murcia fault. (2012-11-12)
Earthquake forecasting and more
The public needs information about future earthquakes. The goal of operational earthquake forecasting -- quantifying the likelihood that a seismic event will occur in the near term -- is to provide communities with information about seismic hazards that can be used to make decisions in advance of potentially destructive earthquakes. (2010-04-22)
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)
Possible link found between earthquakes along the Cascadia and San Andreas faults
Seismic activity on the southern Cascadia Subduction fault may have triggered major earthquakes along the northern San Andreas Fault, according to new research published by the Bulletin of Seismological Society of America. (2008-04-03)
Russian scientists create new system of concrete building structures
Professor of the Institute of Civil Engineering of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) Andrey Ponomarev and a graduate student Alexander Rassokhin developed a new construction technology. (2017-04-24)
Discovery of stagnant lithosphere says less mixing occurs in Earth
The discovery of a large amount of subducted lithosphere beneath the Fiji Islands suggests that the mixing of Earth's mantle caused by plate tectonics occurs less than previously thought, so large volumes of primordial mantle may still exist, University of Illinois researchers say. (2001-07-02)
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