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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.

Newswise:Video Embedded earthquake-early-warnings-launch-in-washington-completing-west-coast-wide-shakealert-system
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.

Newswise: It Comes in Waves
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.

Newswise:Video Embedded catching-energy-exploration-caused-earthquakes-before-they-happen
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.

Newswise: In Small, Seismically Unique Area, Group Preparing the World for Earthquakes and Tsunamis
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.

Newswise: Unusual Earthquakes Highlight Central Utah Volcanoes
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.

Newswise: Built To Survive
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.

Newswise: The Faults in Our Earth
Released: 13-Jan-2021 11:40 AM EST
The Faults in Our Earth
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

CSU geology experts study the active land California inhabits to better understand earthquakes and predict the location and intensity of future temblors.

Newswise: AI reveals first direct observation of rupture propagation during slow quakes
Released: 9-Dec-2020 7:30 PM EST
AI reveals first direct observation of rupture propagation during slow quakes
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Using a trained neural network and data from the North Anatolian Fault in Turkey, a research team led by Los Alamos National Laboratory revealed the first direct observation of rupture propagation during a slow earthquake.

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Released: 23-Oct-2020 12:15 PM EDT
AI detects hidden earthquakes
Stanford University

In a recent paper published in Nature Communications, Mousavi and co-authors describe a new method for using artificial intelligence to bring into focus millions of these subtle shifts of the Earth. "By improving our ability to detect and locate these very small earthquakes, we can get a clearer view of how earthquakes interact or spread out along the fault, how they get started, even how they stop," said Stanford geophysicist Gregory Beroza, one of the paper's authors.

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Released: 28-Sep-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Earthquake lightning: Mysterious luminescence phenomena
Shinshu University

Were you aware that earthquakes are sometimes associated with luminescence, called earthquake lightning? This phenomenon had been documented throughout history, such as between 1965 and 1967, the Matsushiro earthquake swarm caused the surrounding mountain to flicker with light multiple times.

Newswise: Most landslides in western Oregon triggered by heavy rainfall, not big earthquakes
Released: 16-Sep-2020 5:20 PM EDT
Most landslides in western Oregon triggered by heavy rainfall, not big earthquakes
University of Washington

Deep-seated landslides in the central Oregon Coast Range are triggered mostly by rainfall, not by large offshore earthquakes.

Newswise: Ancient Earthquake May Have Caused Destruction of Canaanite Palace at Tel Kabri
Released: 11-Sep-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Ancient Earthquake May Have Caused Destruction of Canaanite Palace at Tel Kabri
George Washington University

A team of Israeli and American researchers has uncovered new evidence that an earthquake may have caused the destruction and abandonment of a flourishing Canaanite palatial site about 3,700 years ago.

Newswise: OpenTopography Collaboration Awarded New Four-Year Grant
Released: 24-Aug-2020 2:20 PM EDT
OpenTopography Collaboration Awarded New Four-Year Grant
University of California San Diego

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed funding for OpenTopography, a science gateway that provides online access to Earth science oriented high-resolution topography data and processing tools to a broad user community advancing research and education in areas ranging from earthquake geology to ecology and hydrology.

Newswise: Machine learning unearths signature of slow-slip quake origins in seismic data
Released: 18-Aug-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Machine learning unearths signature of slow-slip quake origins in seismic data
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Combing through historical seismic data, researchers using a machine learning model have unearthed distinct statistical features marking the formative stage of slow-slip ruptures in the earth’s crust months before tremor or GPS data detected a slip in the tectonic plates. Given the similarity between slow-slip events and classic earthquakes, these distinct signatures may help geophysicists understand the timing of the devastating faster quakes as well.

Newswise: Highest ever resolution earthquake simulations on Sierra supercomputer
Released: 11-Aug-2020 6:50 AM EDT
Highest ever resolution earthquake simulations on Sierra supercomputer
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team has published new supercomputer simulations of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault. This work represents the highest ever resolution ground motion simulations from such an event on this scale.

Newswise: New paper addresses mix of contaminants in Fukushima wastewater, highlights risks of dumping in  ocean
6-Aug-2020 2:00 PM EDT
New paper addresses mix of contaminants in Fukushima wastewater, highlights risks of dumping in ocean
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Ten years after the Tohoku-oki earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, radiation levels have fallen in all but the waters closest to the plant. But a new hazard exists and is growing every day in the number of storage tanks on land surrounding the power plant that hold contaminated wastewater.

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Released: 20-Jul-2020 7:25 PM EDT
A new idea on how Earth's outer shell first broke into tectonic plates
University of Hong Kong

The activity of the solid Earth - for example, volcanoes in Java, earthquakes in Japan, etc - is well understood within the context of the ~50-year-old theory of plate tectonics.

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Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
New evidence of long-term volcanic, seismic risks in northern Europe
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

An ancient European volcanic region may pose both a greater long-term volcanic risk and seismic risk to northwestern Europe than scientists had realized, geophysicists report in a study in the Geophysical Journal International.

Released: 7-Jul-2020 9:40 AM EDT
Bristol engineers pioneer project to protect Nepal’s future generations from earthquakes
University of Bristol

In 2015, a devastating earthquake in Nepal resulted in the loss of 9,000 lives, 3.5 million people left homeless and entire neighbourhoods flattened. To prevent destruction on the same scale again, the multidisciplinary team behind The SAFER Nepal Project has been working with local partners to improve the seismic safety and resilience of school and community buildings in Nepal.

Newswise: Researchers catch a wave to determine how forces control granular material properties
Released: 29-Jun-2020 3:15 PM EDT
Researchers catch a wave to determine how forces control granular material properties
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Stress wave propagation through granular material is important for detecting the magnitude of earthquakes, locating oil and gas reservoirs, designing acoustic insulation and designing materials for compacting powders. A team of researchers including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Eric Herbold used X-ray measurements and analyses to show that velocity scaling and dispersion in wave transmission is based on grainy particle arrangements and chains of force between them, while reduction of wave intensity is caused mainly from grainy particle arrangements alone.

Newswise: New research reveals how water in the deep Earth triggers earthquakes and tsunamis
23-Jun-2020 1:15 PM EDT
New research reveals how water in the deep Earth triggers earthquakes and tsunamis
University of Bristol

In a new study, published in the journal Nature, an international team of scientists provide the first conclusive evidence directly linking deep Earth’s water cycle and its expressions with magmatic productivity and earthquake activity.

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Released: 4-Jun-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Australia's ancient geology controls the pathways of modern earthquakes
University of Melbourne

Seismological and geological studies led by University of Melbourne researchers show the 2016 magnitude 6.0 Petermann earthquake produced a landscape-shifting 21 km surface rupture.

Released: 2-Jun-2020 5:05 PM EDT
New discovery could highlight areas where earthquakes are less likely to occur
Cardiff University

Scientists from Cardiff University have discovered specific conditions that occur along the ocean floor where two tectonic plates are more likely to slowly creep past one another as opposed to drastically slipping and creating catastrophic earthquakes.

Newswise: New technique separates industrial noise from natural seismic signals
Released: 19-May-2020 12:55 PM EDT
New technique separates industrial noise from natural seismic signals
Los Alamos National Laboratory

For the first time, seismologists can characterize signals as a result of some industrial human activity on a continent-wide scale using cloud computing. In two recently published papers in Seismological Research Letters, scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory demonstrate how previously characterized “noise” can now be viewed as a specific signal in a large geographical area thanks to an innovative approach to seismic data analyses.

Newswise: Machine learning reveals earth tremor and slip occur continuously, not intermittently
Released: 26-Feb-2020 7:05 PM EST
Machine learning reveals earth tremor and slip occur continuously, not intermittently
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Applying deep learning to seismic data has revealed tremor and slip occur at all times—before and after known large-scale slow-slip earthquakes—rather than intermittently in discrete bursts, as previously believed.

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Released: 21-Feb-2020 11:10 AM EST
How earthquakes deform gravity
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam

Lightning - one, two, three - and thunder. For centuries, people have estimated the distance of a thunderstorm from the time between lightning and thunder.

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Released: 4-Feb-2020 4:50 PM EST
Peeking at the plumbing of one of the Aleutian's most-active volcanoes
Carnegie Institution for Science

A new approach to analyzing seismic data reveals deep vertical zones of low seismic velocity in the plumbing system underlying Alaska's Cleveland volcano, one of the most-active of the more than 70 Aleutian volcanoes

Released: 21-Jan-2020 10:00 AM EST
Rutgers Geology Museum Hosts Open House
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Presentations on natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes and their impacts will be held in Scott Hall and are open to the public at the Rutgers Geology Museum’s 52nd Annual Open House. There will also be hands-on activity sessions for kids, a mineral sale and rock and mineral identification in Scott Hall, and make-and-take stations in the Rutgers Geology Museum. Field Station Dinosaurs will bring its baby Hadrosaurus puppet and will also offer hands-on activities for visitors. All events are free and no preregistration is required.

Newswise: Spock versus the volcano
Released: 20-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
Spock versus the volcano
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Kolumbo volcano—which sits 500 meters below the surface within the fault-heavy Hellenic Volcanic Arc just off Santorini—is the Aegean Sea’s most active and potentially dangerous volcano.

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Released: 6-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
Volunteer Tourism Can Aid Disaster Recovery
University of Technology, Sydney

Holidaying in a disaster zone might seem crazy, but "volunteer tourism" can actually help communities recover from natural disasters, a new study finds. And it can offer a unique and rewarding experience for volunteers, if done carefully.

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Released: 19-Dec-2019 2:05 PM EST
Submarine cables to offshore wind farms transformed into a seismic network
California Institute of Technology

An international team of geoscientists led by Caltech has used fiber optic communications cables stationed at the bottom of the North Sea as a giant seismic network, tracking both earthquakes and ocean waves.

2-Dec-2019 11:05 AM EST
Move Over Jules Verne -- Scientists Deploy Ocean Floats to Peer into Earth’s Interior
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The release of more than 50 floating sensors, called Mobile Earthquake Recording in Marine Areas by Independent Divers (MERMAIDs), is increasing the number of seismic stations around the planet. Scientists will use them to clarify the picture of the massive mantel plume in the lower mantel lying below the South Pacific Ocean. This effort will also establish one of the most comprehensive overviews of seismic activity across the globe. Frederik Simons will discuss this international effort during the marine seismoacoustics session of the 178th ASA Meeting.

Newswise: Stormquakes: Powerful Storms Cause Seafloor Tremors
2-Dec-2019 11:35 AM EST
Stormquakes: Powerful Storms Cause Seafloor Tremors
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Stormquakes are a recently discovered phenomenon characterized by seismic activity originating at the ocean floor due to powerful storms. Heavy storms, like hurricanes or nor'easters, can create seismic waves as large as magnitude 3.5 quakes. These tremors caused by the effects of storms on the seafloor are what researchers call stormquakes. Catherine de Groot-Hedlin, who was part of the group that first observed stormquakes, will discuss their properties and meteorological significance at the 178th ASA Meeting.

Newswise:Video Embedded can-a-unicorn-outrun-earthquakes
Released: 13-Nov-2019 4:40 PM EST
Can a UNICORN Outrun Earthquakes?
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A UTokyo team transformed its UNICORN code into an AI-like algorithm to more quickly simulate a tectonic plate deformation that leads to earthquakes. The team ran UNICORN at 416 petaflops and gained a 75-fold speedup from a previous state-of-the-art solver using the Summit supercomputer.

Newswise: Putting Next Generation Technology in the Hands of Birmingham First Responders
Released: 24-Oct-2019 2:55 PM EDT
Putting Next Generation Technology in the Hands of Birmingham First Responders
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

The DHS S&T’s Next Generation First Responder Program recently partnered with public safety agencies from the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County, Alabama, for the NGFR – Birmingham Shaken Fury Operational Experimentation (OpEx).

Newswise: Using Faster Computing to Better Predict Earthquake Damage to Infrastructure
Released: 18-Oct-2019 2:55 PM EDT
Using Faster Computing to Better Predict Earthquake Damage to Infrastructure
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A Q&A with a Berkeley Lab scientist on how exascale computing could dramatically accelerate research and earthquake safety

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