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Released: 9-Nov-2023 2:05 PM EST
Study examines link between underwater landslides and tsunamis
Ohio State University

Scientists have calculated a way to determine the speed of past underwater landslides, a new study has found.

Released: 26-Oct-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Mystery of volcanic tsunami solved after 373 years
Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

GEOMAR researchers reconstruct historic volcanic eruption using 3D seismics

Released: 24-Oct-2023 1:35 PM EDT
From nanoplastics to airborne toxins: Pollution stories for media.

Read the latest research news on air pollution, nanoplastics, waterborne illnesses and more in the Pollution channel on Newswise.

Released: 16-Oct-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Scientists’ model increases accuracy of tide forecasts
University of Miami

Ocean tides may be rising, but a new tide forecast model created by a team of University of Miami scientists holds the promise of helping coastal communities to prepare.

Released: 14-Jun-2023 1:15 PM EDT
The heat is on! Don't panic. Get the latest news on heat waves and the dangers of heat in the Extreme Heat channel

As we enter the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere and the possibility of extreme heat becomes more common, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the science of heat waves and take measures to protect ourselves from this growing public health threat.

Released: 19-May-2023 4:00 PM EDT
Alaska scientists find novel way to aid earthquake magnitude determination
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Sensors that detect changes in atmospheric pressure due to ground shaking can also obtain data about large earthquakes and explosions that exceed the upper limit of many seismometers, according to new research.

Released: 12-May-2023 3:30 PM EDT
Immigration Nation: Research and Experts

Title 42, the United States pandemic rule that had been used to immediately deport hundreds of thousands of migrants who crossed the border illegally over the last three years, has expired. Those migrants will have the opportunity to apply for asylum. President Biden's new rules to replace Title 42 are facing legal challenges. Border crossings have already risen sharply, as many migrants attempt to cross before the measure expires on Thursday night. Some have said they worry about tighter controls and uncertainty ahead. Immigration is once again a major focus of the media as we examine the humanitarian, political, and public health issues migrants must go through.

Released: 25-Apr-2023 2:05 PM EDT
Using artificial intelligence to create a tsunami early warning system
Cardiff University

An early warning system that quickly classifies submarine earthquakes and determines the risk of tsunami events has been developed by scientists at Cardiff University.

Newswise: Creating a Tsunami Early Warning System Using Artificial Intelligence
12-Apr-2023 3:05 PM EDT
Creating a Tsunami Early Warning System Using Artificial Intelligence
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In Physics of Fluids, researchers develop an early warning system that combines acoustic technology with AI to immediately classify earthquakes and determine potential tsunami risk. They propose using underwater microphones, called hydrophones, to measure the acoustic radiation produced by the earthquake, which carries information about the tectonic event and travels significantly faster than tsunami waves. The computational model triangulates the source of the earthquake and AI algorithms classify its slip type and magnitude. It then calculates important properties like effective length and width, uplift speed, and duration, which dictate the size of the tsunami.

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Released: 21-Apr-2023 3:10 PM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE Live Event for April 21: Sleeping pill reduces levels of Alzheimer’s proteins

Researcher will discuss the study which involved a sleeping aid known as suvorexant that is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for insomnia, hints at the potential of sleep medications to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Newswise: 2022 Tongan volcanic explosion was largest natural explosion in over a century, new study finds
Released: 14-Apr-2023 7:05 PM EDT
2022 Tongan volcanic explosion was largest natural explosion in over a century, new study finds
University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric and Earth Science

The 2022 eruption of a submarine volcano in Tonga was more powerful than the largest U.S. nuclear explosion, according to a new study led by scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science and the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.

Released: 7-Mar-2023 3:50 PM EST
A new study unveils the mechanism behind the generation of large tsunamis off the Northwest Mexican Coast
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

The Northwest Pacific coast of Mexico is an area struck by large earthquakes and tsunamis as a result of the interaction of two tectonic plates. However, to date, the structure of the continental margin and, therefore, the causes behind the generation of these natural hazards were unknown.

Newswise: Surf, Sand and Seaweed: The latest breakthroughs in Marine Science
Released: 4-Jan-2023 1:40 PM EST
Surf, Sand and Seaweed: The latest breakthroughs in Marine Science

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Marine Science channel on Newswise, a free source for media.

Released: 27-Sep-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Edge waves, continental shelf fueled the 2021 Acapulco Bay tsunami
Seismological Society of America (SSA)

Trapped inside the shoreline of a bay, the resonant interactions of a tsunami with regular waves can prolong the tsunami disturbance.

Released: 19-Aug-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Wave created by Tonga volcano eruption reached 90 meters - nine times taller than 2011 Japan tsunami
University of Bath

The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in January created an initial wave 90 metres high – almost the height of the Statue of Liberty (93m)

Released: 2-Aug-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Wildfires are intensifying around the world. Here are the latest headlines in wildfires research for media

California’s McKinney Fire grew to become the state’s largest fire so far this year. The risk of wildfire is rising globally due to climate change. Below are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Wildfires channel on Newswise.

Newswise: Earthquake seismologist launches international study of oceanic plate
Released: 11-Jul-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Earthquake seismologist launches international study of oceanic plate
Northern Arizona University

Find out how an NAU team, led by professor Jim Gaherty, will conduct a seismological study of the Cocos tectonic plate deep beneath the Pacific Ocean.

Newswise: KyotoU PEGS away at catching quakes at light speed
Released: 21-Jun-2022 8:15 AM EDT
KyotoU PEGS away at catching quakes at light speed
Kyoto University

A novel AI-based approach to detect earthquakes early uses prompt elasto-gravity signals, or PEGS, gravitational changes generated by large-mass motion in megaquakes. PEGS carry information about an ongoing earthquake at the speed of light, arriving much faster than even the fastest seismic waves.

Released: 13-Jun-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Scientists Provide Explanation for Exceptional Tonga Tsunami
Cardiff University

Scientists say they have identified the exact mechanism responsible for the exceptional tsunami that spread quickly across the world after the colossal eruption of the Tonga volcano earlier this year.

Released: 26-May-2022 1:55 PM EDT
Tsunami Threats Underestimated in Current Models, New Research Shows
University of Southern California (USC)

The 2004 Sumatra earthquake generated one of the most destructive tsunamis ever recorded, with 100-foot waves that killed nearly 230,000 and resulted in an estimated $10 billion in damage.

Newswise: As Big As It Gets, Hunga Volcano Comparable To Krakatoa
11-May-2022 2:25 PM EDT
As Big As It Gets, Hunga Volcano Comparable To Krakatoa
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

New research by an international team from 17 countries including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Keehoon Kim demonstrates that based on atmospheric pressure waves recorded by global barometers, the Hunga explosion was comparable in size to that of the 1883 Krakatoa eruption.

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.

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.

Released: 13-Apr-2022 6:05 PM EDT
Undersea detector proves it’s swell
University of Tokyo

Highly energetic particles called muons are ever present in the atmosphere and pass through even massive objects with ease.

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: 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.

Released: 19-Jan-2022 9:25 AM EST
Tonga faces daunting challenges after massive volcanic eruption
University of Miami

University of Miami experts provide insights on the powerful eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano, an event geologists are calling the biggest recorded anywhere in the world in more than three decades.

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.

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.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Kamome goes to the Olympics
Cal Poly Humboldt

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.

Released: 21-Jun-2021 4:25 PM EDT
The Science of tsunamis
University of California, Santa Barbara

The word "tsunami" brings immediately to mind the havoc that can be wrought by these uniquely powerful waves.

Released: 17-May-2021 4:10 PM EDT
New numerical method makes simulating landslide tsunamis possible
Tohoku University

Researchers from Tohoku University have developed a new numerical method that paves the way for simulating landslide tsunamis.

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.

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

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: 12-Nov-2020 8:55 AM EST
Landslide Along Alaskan Fjord Could Trigger Tsunami
Ohio State University

A glacier that had held an Alaskan slope in place for centuries is melting, releasing the soil beneath in what can be described as a slow-motion landslide that could trigger a devastating tsunami, researchers say. In a study published last week, scientists offered some of the first measurements to quantify how the slope is falling there and modeled potential tsunamis.

Released: 16-Jul-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Breakthrough in studying ancient DNA from Doggerland that separates the UK from Europe
University of Warwick

Thousands of years ago the UK was physically joined to the rest of Europe through an area known as Doggerland. However, a marine inundation took place during the mid-holocene, separating the British landmass from the rest of Europe, which is now covered by the North Sea.

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.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 5:05 PM EST
Saving lives through simulation: Ocean engineering doctoral student models volcanic tsunamis
Texas A&M University

Volcanic tsunamis - those caused by an underwater eruption - are as devastating as they are abrupt. Richards Sunny, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ocean Engineering, is developing and improving simulations to map, predict and research volcanic tsunamis.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 12:55 PM EST
Supercomputer Models Accurately Simulate Tsunamis from Volcanic Events
University of California San Diego

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island (URI) used San Diego Supercomputer Center’s (SDSC) Comet supercomputer to show that high-performance computer modeling can accurately simulate tsunamis from volcanic events. Such models could lead to early-warning systems that could save lives and help minimize catastrophic property damage.

2-Mar-2020 11:20 AM EST
Unstable Rock Pillars Near Reservoirs Can Produce Dangerous Water Waves
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In many coastal zones and gorges, unstable cliffs often fail when the foundation rock beneath them is crushed. Large water waves can be created, threatening human safety. In this week’s Physics of Fluids, scientists reveal the mechanism by which these cliffs collapse, and how large, tsunami-like waves are created. Few experimental studies of this phenomenon have been carried out, so this work represents valuable new data that can be used to protect from impending disaster.

26-Sep-2019 8:45 AM EDT
Did Long Ago Tsunamis Lead to Mysterious, Tropical Fungal Outbreak in Pacific Northwest?
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 and the tsunamis it spawned may have washed a tropical fungus ashore, leading to a subsequent outbreak of often-fatal infections among people in coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest, according to a paper co-authored by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the nonprofit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope.

22-Jan-2019 3:20 PM EST
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

An earthquake and subsequent tsunami led to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan in 2011. This observational study examined associations between the earthquake and power plant disaster with birth rates in Fukushima City, the capital of the prefecture.

Released: 3-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
URI scientists model Anak Krakatau volcano, tsunami to better prepare U.S. for future tsunamis
University of Rhode Island

The recent eruption of Anak Krakatau – which means “son of Krakatau” – is providing URI researchers Stephan Grilli and Steven Carey with a new opportunity to gain additional insights and create models that they hope will help the United States better prepare for future tsunamis.

Released: 28-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST
Best of 2018: Experts respond to wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters

See expert analysis and research from our members related to natural disasters

12-Nov-2018 9:50 AM EST
Coping With Threats from Hurricanes, Wildfires and Rising Sea Levels
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Risk assessment and risk mitigation practices can be beneficial in creating adaptation plans and making mitigation decisions for coastal communities. As scientists ponder the possibility of category six hurricanes, previous disaster prevention plans are no longer adequate for current threats from severe weather.

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