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Newswise: New Research Could Provide Earlier Warning of Tsunamis
Released: 11-May-2022 6:20 PM EDT
New Research Could Provide Earlier Warning of Tsunamis
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A new method of detecting mega earthquakes, which picks up on the gravity waves they generate by using deep-learning models created at Los Alamos National Laboratory, can estimate earthquake magnitude in real time and provide earlier warning of tsunamis.

Newswise: New earthquake assessments available to strengthen preparedness in Europe
Released: 28-Apr-2022 1:55 PM EDT
New earthquake assessments available to strengthen preparedness in Europe
ETH Zürich

During the 20th century, earthquakes in Europe accounted for more than 200,000 deaths and over 250 billion Euros in losses.

Released: 22-Apr-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Volcanoes at fault if the Earth slips
Kyoto University

The 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes shocked inhabitants of the western island of Kyushu, causing hundreds of casualties and serious damage to vital infrastructure.

Released: 22-Apr-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Explaining the slow surprise in the middle of the sandwich (earthquake)
Seismological Society of America (SSA)

The 12 August 2021 South Sandwich Island earthquake had a surprise hidden within its complex rupture sequence: a slow, shallow magnitude 8.16 subevent that was “invisible” to researchers at first glance.

Newswise: Earliest geochemical evidence of plate tectonics found in 3.8-billion-year-old crystal
Released: 21-Apr-2022 2:00 PM EDT
Earliest geochemical evidence of plate tectonics found in 3.8-billion-year-old crystal
American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Tiny zircons found in South Africa point to an early start for the active global process that shapes Earth’s surface and climate.

Released: 18-Apr-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Neural network model helps predict site-specific impacts of earthquakes
Hiroshima University

In disaster mitigation planning for future large earthquakes, seismic ground motion predictions are a crucial part of early warning systems and seismic hazard mapping.

Released: 13-Apr-2022 2:15 PM EDT
A swarm of 85,000 earthquakes at the Antarctic Orca submarine volcano
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam

Volcanoes can be found even off the coast of Antarctica. At the deep-sea volcano Orca, which has been inactive for a long time, a sequence of more than 85,000 earthquakes was registered in 2020, a swarm quake that reached proportions not previously observed for this region.

Released: 23-Mar-2022 12:15 PM EDT
Undersea Sediment Reveals Clues About Seismic Activity
Ohio State University

Earthquakes are famously impossible to predict, and have been the cause of some of the most devastating events in human history. But could we learn more about these natural disasters by tracking them backwards through time?

Released: 15-Mar-2022 10:40 AM EDT
Groundbreaking earthquake discovery: Risk models overlook an important element
University of Copenhagen

Earthquakes themselves affect the movement of Earth's tectonic plates, which in turn could impact on future earthquakes, according to new research from the University of Copenhagen.

Released: 8-Mar-2022 2:05 PM EST
Earthquake fracture energy relates to how a quake stops
Cornell University

By examining earthquake models from a fresh perspective, Cornell University engineers now show that the earthquake fracture energy – once thought to relate to how faults in the Earth’s crust weaken – is related to how quakes stop.

Newswise: Century-Old Technology Inspires Method for Early Warning Tsunami and Earthquake Detection
Released: 25-Feb-2022 2:40 PM EST
Century-Old Technology Inspires Method for Early Warning Tsunami and Earthquake Detection
Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences

Researchers from the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences and Institute for Geophysics are part of a team developing Science Monitoring and Reliable Telecommunications (SMART) Cables, which will consist of sensors that “piggyback” on the infrastructure of the existing and expanding undersea telecommunications network. The sensors will allow for low-cost global deep ocean observation to detect temperature, pressure, and seismic acceleration.

Newswise: Measuring the tempo of Utah's red rock towers
Released: 16-Feb-2022 1:50 PM EST
Measuring the tempo of Utah's red rock towers
University of Utah

University of Utah researchers know well how rock towers and arches shimmy, twist and sway in response to far-off earthquakes, wind and even ocean waves. Their latest research compiles a first-of-its-kind dataset to show that the dynamic properties, i.e. the frequencies at which the rocks vibrate and the ways they deform during that vibration, can be largely predicted using the same mathematics that describe how beams in built structures resonate.

Newswise: Pacific, western Indian ocean island nations and culture face extinction in aftermath of undersea volcanic eruptions and climate change, WVU expert says
Released: 21-Jan-2022 4:40 PM EST
Pacific, western Indian ocean island nations and culture face extinction in aftermath of undersea volcanic eruptions and climate change, WVU expert says
West Virginia University

While the aftermath of an undersea volcanic eruption and the following tsunami garner much attention as the waves crash around inhabited islands, an expert at West Virginia University says the combination of those hard to predict eruptions and climate change will eventually erase island nations and their cultures in the Pacific and western Indian oceans.

Newswise: How the Matterhorn sways
Released: 22-Dec-2021 12:40 PM EST
How the Matterhorn sways
University of Utah

The Matterhorn appears as an immovable, massive mountain. A study shows that this impression is wrong. The Matterhorn is instead constantly in motion, swaying gently back and forth about once every two seconds.

Newswise: Using sparse data to predict lab quakes
Released: 17-Dec-2021 4:05 PM EST
Using sparse data to predict lab quakes
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A machine-learning approach developed for sparse data reliably predicts fault slip in laboratory earthquakes and could be key to predicting fault slip and potentially earthquakes in the field.

Released: 2-Dec-2021 8:50 AM EST
Earthquakes and tsunamis in Europe?
Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

Since the tsunami that devastated coasts around the Indian Ocean in December 2004 and the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, people worldwide are aware that geological processes in the ocean can cause significant damage.

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Released: 10-Nov-2021 4:55 PM EST
Machine learning refines earthquake detection capabilities
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are applying machine learning algorithms to help interpret massive amounts of ground deformation data collected with Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) satellites; the new algorithms will improve earthquake detection.

Released: 19-Oct-2021 12:45 PM EDT
Cornell scientists to join team for live volcanic eruption
Cornell University

Esteban Gazel and doctoral student Kyle Dayton will join a small, elite team of international researchers on Oct. 21 at the newly erupted Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands – off the coast of western Africa.

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Released: 12-Oct-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Quantum Phase Transition Detected on a Global Scale Deep Inside the Earth
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Multidisciplinary team of materials physicists and geophysicists combine theoretical predictions, simulations, and seismic tomography to find spin transition in the Earth’s mantle. Their findings will improve understanding of the Earth’s interior, and help elucidate the impact of this phenomenon on tectonic events including volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Newswise: San Andreas Fault study taps new vein in earthquake research
Released: 11-Oct-2021 3:55 PM EDT
San Andreas Fault study taps new vein in earthquake research
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Recent research into the way cracks in the earth’s crust open and close along the San Andreas Fault has yielded a new way of studying earthquake behavior that bridges an important gap between laboratory experiments and earth observations, demonstrating a new way to study upper crustal behavior.

Newswise: Stress in earth’s crust determined without earthquake data
Released: 7-Oct-2021 4:45 PM EDT
Stress in earth’s crust determined without earthquake data
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a method to determine the orientation of mechanical stress in the earth’s crust without relying on data from earthquakes or drilling.

Released: 27-Aug-2021 1:10 PM EDT
Geophysicist sprints to monitor quake aftershocks in Alaska
Cornell University

Cornell professor and collaborators collect data that could provide new insight into the mechanics of crustal faults and possibly help researchers understand and anticipate future earthquake clusters.

Newswise: Pictograms are first written accounts of earthquakes in pre-Hispanic Mexico
Released: 26-Aug-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Pictograms are first written accounts of earthquakes in pre-Hispanic Mexico
Seismological Society of America (SSA)

The Codex Telleriano Remensis, created in the 16th century in Mexico, depicts earthquakes in pictograms that are the first written evidence of earthquakes in the Americas in pre-Hispanic times, according to a pair of researchers who have systematically studied the country’s historical earthquakes.

Newswise: How Do Wind Turbines Respond to Winds, Ground Motion During Earthquakes?
23-Aug-2021 10:05 AM EDT
How Do Wind Turbines Respond to Winds, Ground Motion During Earthquakes?
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Wind power has experienced fast growth within China during the past decade, but many wind farms are being built within regions of high seismic activity. In Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, researchers present their work exploring the dynamic behaviors of wind turbines subjected to combined wind-earthquake loading. The group discovered that changes in the wind increase and decrease the response amplitude of the wind turbine under weak and strong earthquakes, respectively.

Released: 23-Aug-2021 8:50 AM EDT
NSF Grant Boosts Post-Earthquake Relief Study
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

New funding will support research to close a knowledge gap that disaster relief inspection teams often face in the field due to resource constraints.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

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Released: 9-Aug-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Undersea Rocks Yield Earthquake Clues
University of Delaware

Earthquakes shake and rattle the world every day.

Newswise: Kamome goes to the Olympics
Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Kamome goes to the Olympics
Humboldt State University

NBC Sports will air a documentary about the boat Kamome, a small boat ripped from Japan in the March 2011 tsunami that beached in California’s northern Del Norte County two years later, as part of their Olympic Games coverage on Sunday, August 1st at 9 a.m. on NBC stations throughout the country.

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Released: 10-Jun-2021 8:00 AM EDT
World’s largest outdoor earthquake simulator undergoes major upgrade
University of California San Diego

A major upgrade to the world’s largest outdoor earthquake simulator reached a milestone mid-April when the facility’s floor--all 300,000 lbs of it--was put back into place. When completed this fall, the simulator will have the ability to reproduce multi-dimensional earthquake motions with unprecedented accuracy to make structures and their residents safer during strong shakes. Researchers lay out the details of the upgrade in a paper published recently in Frontiers in Built Environment.

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Released: 26-May-2021 3:40 PM EDT
What causes the deep Earth's most mysterious earthquakes?
Carnegie Institution for Science

The cause of Earth's deepest earthquakes has been a mystery to science for more than a century, but a team of Carnegie scientists may have cracked the case.

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Released: 12-May-2021 5:05 PM EDT
Discovery of new geologic process calls for changes to plate tectonic cycle
University of Toronto

Geoscientists at the University of Toronto (U of T) and Istanbul Technical University have discovered a new process in plate tectonics which shows that tremendous damage occurs to areas of Earth's crust long before it should be geologically altered by known plate-boundary processes, highlighting the need to amend current understandings of the planet's tectonic cycle.

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Released: 12-May-2021 1:55 PM EDT
Earthquake early warnings launch in Washington, completing West Coast-wide ShakeAlert system
University of Washington

The U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Washington-based Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and state emergency managers on Tuesday, May 4, will activate the system that sends earthquake early warnings throughout Washington state. This completes the rollout of ShakeAlert, an automated system that gives people living in Washington, Oregon and California advance warning of incoming earthquakes.

Newswise: UC San Diego engineering professor solves deep earthquake mystery
Released: 28-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
UC San Diego engineering professor solves deep earthquake mystery
University of California San Diego

A University of California San Diego engineering professor has solved one of the biggest mysteries in geophysics: What causes deep-focus earthquakes? These mysterious earthquakes originate between 400 and 700 kilometers below the surface of the Earth and have been recorded with magnitudes up to 8.3 on the Richter scale.

Newswise: Machine learning model generates realistic seismic waveforms
Released: 22-Apr-2021 3:50 PM EDT
Machine learning model generates realistic seismic waveforms
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A new machine-learning model that generates realistic seismic waveforms will reduce manual labor and improve earthquake detection, according to a study published recently in JGR Solid Earth.

Released: 21-Apr-2021 5:35 PM EDT
Earthquakes continued after COVID-19-related oil and gas recovery shutdown
Seismological Society of America (SSA)

When hydraulic fracturing operations ground to a halt last spring in the Kiskatinaw area of British Columbia, researchers expected seismic quiescence in the region.

Released: 19-Apr-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Can magnitude 4 earthquake rates be used to forecast large earthquake events?
Seismological Society of America (SSA)

Boston College seismologist John Ebel and his colleagues have noted a pattern for some large California earthquakes: magnitude 4 or larger earthquakes occur at a higher rate along a fault in the two decades or more prior to a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake on the fault.

Released: 22-Mar-2021 3:25 PM EDT
It Comes in Waves
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Tsunamis pose a real threat to the California coast, even if the triggering earthquakes occur elsewhere. CSU researchers are helping ensure coastal cities are ready.

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Released: 19-Mar-2021 4:15 PM EDT
Melting glaciers contribute to Alaska earthquakes
University of Alaska Fairbanks

In 1958, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake triggered a rockslide into Southeast Alaska's Lituya Bay, creating a tsunami that ran 1,700 feet up a mountainside before racing out to sea.

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Released: 10-Mar-2021 8:55 AM EST
Catching energy-exploration caused earthquakes before they happen
Sandia National Laboratories

Geoscientists at Sandia National Laboratories used 3D-printed rocks and an advanced, large-scale computer model of past earthquakes to understand and prevent earthquakes triggered by energy exploration.

Released: 5-Mar-2021 12:15 PM EST
In Small, Seismically Unique Area, Group Preparing the World for Earthquakes and Tsunamis
Humboldt State University

Lori Dengler is a renowned tsunami expert and professor emerita of Geology for Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. She is a member of an alliance of professionals who develop mitigation and outreach programs for coastal areas. She is also co-author of a children's book about a tsunami boat called Kamome.

Released: 2-Mar-2021 12:45 PM EST
Unusual Earthquakes Highlight Central Utah Volcanoes
University of Utah

Earthquakes in the Black Rock Desert are rare and capturing the seismic recordings from these earthquakes provides a glimpse into the volcanic system of the Black Rock Desert that, while not showing any signs of erupting, is still active.

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Released: 22-Feb-2021 4:55 PM EST
Built To Survive
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

When the earth shakes, there’s a chance the walls will come tumbling down. CSU engineering faculty are working to make sure California's structures can withstand the quaking.

Released: 16-Feb-2021 3:20 PM EST
Slow motion precursors give earthquakes the fast slip
Cornell University

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.

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