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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.

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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

Newswise: FSU Research: Strong Storms Often Generate Earthquake-Like Seismic Activity
Released: 15-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
FSU Research: Strong Storms Often Generate Earthquake-Like Seismic Activity
Florida State University

A Florida State University researcher has uncovered a new geophysical phenomenon where a hurricane or other strong storm can spark seismic events in the nearby ocean as strong as a 3.5 magnitude earthquake.

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Released: 23-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Faults' hot streaks and slumps could change earthquake hazard assessments
Geological Society of America (GSA)

Phoenix, Arizona, USA: For more than a century, a guiding principle in seismology has been that earthquakes recur at semi-regular intervals according to a "seismic cycle." In this model,

Newswise: S&T is “SHAKING” Up Disaster Preparedness
Released: 11-Sep-2019 12:05 PM EDT
S&T is “SHAKING” Up Disaster Preparedness
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Under the guise of a fictional 7.7 magnitude earthquake, S&T deployed teams and technologies to several Shaken Fury exercise locations in the region to improve response and recovery capacities and assist state and local organizations with the adoption of new technologies and protocols.

27-Aug-2019 6:05 AM EDT
Many older adults aren’t fully prepared for emergency situations, poll finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Most people over age 50 say they’re ready for natural disasters and emergency situations, but a new national poll shows that many haven’t taken key steps to protect their health and well-being in case of severe weather, long-term power outages or other situations.

Newswise: Science Network Turns Seismic Sensor
Released: 27-Aug-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Science Network Turns Seismic Sensor
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Scientists used distributed acoustic sensing along a 20-mile segment of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) Dark Fiber Testbed to record seven months of passive seismic data. Their work showed how unused fiber-optic cable could serve as a highly sensitive earthquake sensor.

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Released: 23-Aug-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Mumbai Students Look for Geohazards on the Horizon
Michigan Technological University

A U.S. team is in Mumbai this month working on disaster management curriculum with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). TISS is the only institution in all of Mumbai — one of the world's largest cities with 19 million people — to offer a degree in disaster management.

Released: 8-Aug-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Analyzing past earthquakes may be key to predicting future activity
Missouri University of Science and Technology

With the recent earthquakes in early July in southern California, it is more important than ever to be able to accurately predict when and where the next one will occur. A researcher at Missouri S&T is working to do just that by studying past seismic waves produced by earthquakes.

Newswise: Earthquake or underground explosion?
Released: 7-Aug-2019 2:45 PM EDT
Earthquake or underground explosion?
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories researchers, as part of a group of National Nuclear Security Administration scientists, have wrapped up years of field experiments to improve the United States’ ability to differentiate earthquakes from underground explosions, key knowledge needed to advance the nation’s monitoring and verification capabilities for detecting underground nuclear explosions.

Newswise: Machine-learning competition boosts earthquake prediction capabilities
Released: 18-Jul-2019 1:00 PM EDT
Machine-learning competition boosts earthquake prediction capabilities
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Three teams who applied novel machine learning methods to successfully predict the timing of earthquakes from historic seismic data are splitting $50,000 in prize money from an open, online Kaggle competition hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory and its partners.

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Released: 17-Jul-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Developing techniques to repair, construct bridges, roadways
South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University researchers will develop innovative techniques to repair and construct bridges and roadways through a new U.S. Department of Transportation-funded research center.

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Released: 25-Jun-2019 4:25 PM EDT
Study Uses Supercomputers to Advance Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models
University of California San Diego

Multi-fault earthquakes can span fault systems of tens to hundreds of kilometers, with ruptures propagating from one segment to another. During the last decade, seismologists have observed several cases of this complicated type of earthquake rupture, and are now relying on supercomputers to provide detailed models to better understand the fundamental physical processes that take place during these events, which can have far reaching effects.

Released: 19-Jun-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Appearance of deep-sea fish does not signal upcoming earthquake in Japan
Seismological Society of America (SSA)

The unusual appearance of deep-sea fish like the oarfish or slender ribbonfish in Japanese shallow waters does not mean that an earthquake is about to occur, according to a new statistical analysis.

Newswise: Satellite observations improve earthquake monitoring, response
Released: 14-Jun-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Satellite observations improve earthquake monitoring, response
University of Iowa

Researchers at the University of Iowa and the United States Geologic Survey report data gathered by orbiting satellites can yield more information about destructive earthquakes and can improve aid and humanitarian response efforts. The researchers looked at satellite data from several recent, large-magnitude earthquakes.

Newswise: Dashing the Dream of Ideal ‘Invisibility’ Cloaks for Stress Waves
Released: 7-Jun-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Dashing the Dream of Ideal ‘Invisibility’ Cloaks for Stress Waves
Georgia Institute of Technology

Some have dreamt of creating the perfect cloak to make buildings impervious to stress waves caused by bombs, earthquakes or other calamities. Sorry, researchers are now dashing the dream. But there's still hope. It is possible to make imperfect, real-world cloaks that will actually do some good.

Released: 7-Jun-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Solved: How tides can trigger earthquakes
Earth Institute at Columbia University

The tides are turning in a quest to solve an earthquake mystery.

Newswise: Aftershocks of 1959 earthquake rocked Yellowstone in 2017-18
Released: 23-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Aftershocks of 1959 earthquake rocked Yellowstone in 2017-18
University of Utah

A swarm of more than 3,000 small earthquakes in the Maple Creek area (in Yellowstone National Park but outside of the Yellowstone volcano caldera) between June 2017 and March 2018 are, at least in part, aftershocks of the 1959 quake.

Newswise: Protecting Buildings From Earthquakes
Released: 13-May-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Protecting Buildings From Earthquakes
University of Delaware

Externally bonded fiber-reinforced polymer composite retrofits are a promising, relatively inexpensive technology that can strengthen buildings, bridges and other existing structures made of reinforced concrete. Seeing how these retrofits responded to a 7.1 magnitude earthquake can determine their durability and whether they can help in designing more resilient structures.


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