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Newswise: Saving lives through simulation: Ocean engineering doctoral student models volcanic tsunamis
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.

Newswise: Supercomputer Models Accurately Simulate Tsunamis from Volcanic Events
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.

Newswise: Unstable Rock Pillars Near Reservoirs Can Produce Dangerous Water Waves
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
Birth Rates in Fukushima City Before, After Nuclear Disaster
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
Newswise

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.

Newswise: Will We Be Ready for the Next Harvey?
Released: 23-Aug-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Will We Be Ready for the Next Harvey?
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Public program featuring thought leaders on the topic of funding community resilience in the face of more acute and chronic natural disasters.

15-Aug-2018 12:25 PM EDT
Climate Change Sea Level Rises Could Increase Risk for More Devastating Tsunamis Worldwide
Virginia Tech

As sea levels rise due to climate change, so do the global hazards and potential devastating damages from tsunamis, according to a new study by a partnership that included Virginia Tech.

Newswise: Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
Newswise

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Newswise: Aitape Skull Likely Belongs to World’s Oldest Tsunami Victim
Released: 25-Oct-2017 2:05 PM EDT
Aitape Skull Likely Belongs to World’s Oldest Tsunami Victim
University of Notre Dame

Mark Golitko, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, worked with colleagues from the Field Museum in Chicago and institutes in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea to study the Aitape skull and the area it was found in.

Newswise: Queen’s University Belfast Researcher Creates Communications System That Can Battle a Natural Disaster
Released: 24-Oct-2017 7:05 AM EDT
Queen’s University Belfast Researcher Creates Communications System That Can Battle a Natural Disaster
Queen's University Belfast

A researcher at Queen’s University Belfast has been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize after he created a robust wireless communications system which can battle through an earthquake, tsunami or hurricane.

Newswise: Hacking a Pressure Sensor to Track Gradual Motion Along Marine Faults
Released: 22-Sep-2017 2:00 PM EDT
Hacking a Pressure Sensor to Track Gradual Motion Along Marine Faults
University of Washington

Oceanographers and a Seattle engineering company are testing a simple technique to track seafloor movement in earthquake-prone coastal areas.

Newswise: “Hindcasting” Study Investigates the Extreme 2013 Colorado Flood
Released: 24-Jul-2017 12:00 AM EDT
“Hindcasting” Study Investigates the Extreme 2013 Colorado Flood
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Using a publicly available climate model, Berkeley Lab researchers “hindcast” the conditions that led to the Sept. 9-16, 2013 flooding around Boulder, Colo. and found that climate change attributed to human activity made the storm much more severe than would otherwise have occurred.

Newswise: Sea Cave Preserves 5,000-Year Snapshot of Tsunamis
17-Jul-2017 12:30 PM EDT
Sea Cave Preserves 5,000-Year Snapshot of Tsunamis
Rutgers University

An international team of scientists digging in a sea cave in Indonesia has discovered the world’s most pristine record of tsunamis, a 5,000-year-old sedimentary snapshot that reveals for the first time how little is known about when earthquakes trigger massive waves.

16-May-2017 3:45 PM EDT
Measuring the Human Impact of Weather
Arizona State University (ASU)

The World Meteorological Organization has announced today world records for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It is first time the WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has broadened its scope from temperature and weather records to address the impacts of specific events.

Newswise: Study Highlights Deadliest Effects of Hypothetical Asteroid Strike
Released: 24-Apr-2017 5:05 AM EDT
Study Highlights Deadliest Effects of Hypothetical Asteroid Strike
University of Southampton

Violent winds and shockwaves would account for more than 60 per cent of lives lost if an asteroid were to hit the Earth, according to a new University of Southampton-led study.

Newswise: Tulane University Experts on Judge Gorsuch Vote, Russian Subway Explosion, Trump Tax Reform Efforts and Brexit.
Released: 3-Apr-2017 2:30 PM EDT
Tulane University Experts on Judge Gorsuch Vote, Russian Subway Explosion, Trump Tax Reform Efforts and Brexit.
Tulane University

The following Tulane University experts are available to discuss the Russian subway explosion in Saint Petersburg, the Senate vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, the Trump administration’s plan for tax reform as well as ongoing changes related to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Newswise: The Future of Coastal Flooding
Released: 8-Mar-2017 5:05 PM EST
The Future of Coastal Flooding
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Better storm surge prediction capabilities could help reduce the impacts of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes.

Newswise: Researchers Find Biggest Exposed Fault on Earth
Released: 28-Nov-2016 3:05 PM EST
Researchers Find Biggest Exposed Fault on Earth
Australian National University

Geologists have for the first time seen and documented the Banda Detachment fault in eastern Indonesia and worked out how it formed.

Newswise:Video Embedded sac-state-prof-s-study-seeks-to-make-tsunamis-safer
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Released: 20-Sep-2016 7:05 PM EDT
Sac State Prof's Study Seeks to Make Tsunamis Safer
California State University, Sacramento

Professor Mathew Schmidtlein will discuss his research findings Sept. 27 in an on-campus lecture.

Newswise: NDSU Study Shows Major Flooding Affects Growth of Unborn Babies
Released: 4-Aug-2016 4:15 PM EDT
NDSU Study Shows Major Flooding Affects Growth of Unborn Babies
North Dakota State University

NDSU faculty and students conduct world-class research, searching for answers to important questions. In a recent study, NDSU researchers explored how major floods affect the growth and development of unborn children.

Newswise: Start-Up Company Uses Novel Technology to Mitigate Risks From Sea-Level Rise, Flooding
Released: 28-Jul-2016 6:30 PM EDT
Start-Up Company Uses Novel Technology to Mitigate Risks From Sea-Level Rise, Flooding
Florida Atlantic University

Coastal Risk Consulting, a new start-up company formed by an FAU professor, has developed novel technology to assist coastal homeowners, businesses, and government to evaluate and mitigate risks from encroaching seas along Florida’s southeast coast as well as other vulnerable areas in the United States and overseas.

Released: 28-Jul-2016 8:05 AM EDT
As Hazard Warnings Increase, Experts Urge Better Decisions on Who and When to Warn
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Effective warnings are a growing need as expanding global populations confront a wide range of hazards, such as a hurricane, wildfire, toxic chemical spill or any other environmental hazard threatens safety.

13-May-2016 2:05 PM EDT
A Warning System for Tsunamis
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Scientists at the Australian National University have developed the Time Reverse Imaging Method to take real-time data from the ocean sensors and use that information to recreate what the tsunami looked like when it was born. Once scientists have the tsunami source pinpointed, they can use it to make better predictions about what will happen once the waves reach shore. This new method is fast enough to compete with existing algorithms but much more accurate.

Released: 20-May-2016 11:05 AM EDT
Online Press Conference Tuesday: Presidential Pitch Posturing, a Tsunami Warning System, and the Role of Snot in Dolphin Echolocation
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Researchers investigating the commonalities in pitch delivery by presidential candidates, the biological basis for dolphin echolocation, and an early warning system to detect tsunamis will describe their latest findings during a webcast press event on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The event will be streamed live at 1:00 p.m., EDT, from the 171st meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), which takes place May 23-27 in Salt Lake City. Additionally, the webcast will be available for download 24 hours afterwards.

Newswise: Ancient Tsunami Evidence on Mars Reveals Life Potential
Released: 19-May-2016 9:00 AM EDT
Ancient Tsunami Evidence on Mars Reveals Life Potential
Cornell University

The geologic shape of what were once shorelines through Mars’ northern plains convinces scientists that two large meteorites – hitting the planet millions of years apart – triggered a pair of mega-tsunamis. These gigantic waves forever scarred the Martian landscape and yielded evidence of cold, salty oceans conducive to sustaining life.

Newswise: Alaska Tsunami Scientist Urges Education and Preparedness
Released: 15-Feb-2016 12:05 PM EST
Alaska Tsunami Scientist Urges Education and Preparedness
University of Alaska Fairbanks

If you’re enjoying a lovely day on the beach, there’s something you should do if the ground shakes, the water retreats or the ocean make a strange noise. “Run,” said Elena Suleimani, because those are signs that a tsunami is coming. “It’s a matter of minutes. Don’t return for at least twelve hours.”

Released: 2-Oct-2014 10:00 AM EDT
URI Ocean Engineer: Underwater Landslide Doubled Size of 2011 Japanese Tsunami
University of Rhode Island

An ocean engineer at the University of Rhode Island has found that a massive underwater landslide, not just the 9.0 earthquake, was responsible for triggering the deadly tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.

Newswise: Deep-Sea Study Reveals Cause of 2011 Tsunami
3-Dec-2013 3:45 PM EST
Deep-Sea Study Reveals Cause of 2011 Tsunami
McGill University

The tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region in 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. Now, a team of scientists has published a set of studies in the journal Science that shed light on what caused the dramatic displacement of the seafloor.

Released: 16-Oct-2006 6:05 PM EDT
Lessons from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Topic of Public Forum
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

How coastal communities manage risks associated with major tsunamis is an issue of global importance following the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed an estimated 200,000 people and caused billions of dollars in damage in 11 nations. The issue also has important implications for the general public on Cape Cod and in coastal communities throughout the United States.

2-Aug-2006 7:05 PM EDT
Satellite Data Reveals Gravity Change from Sumatran Earthquake
Ohio State University

For the first time, scientists have been able to use satellite data to detect the changes in the earth's surface caused by a massive earthquake. The discovery signifies a new use for the data from NASA's two GRACE satellites and offers a possible new approach to understanding how earthquakes work.

27-Jul-2006 6:05 PM EDT
Elevated Rates of Mental Health Problems Among Survivors of Tsunami
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Adult and children in the tsunami-affected areas in Thailand have elevated rates of mental health problems such as symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression up to 9 months after the disaster, according to two studies in the August 2 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on violence and human rights.

Newswise: Tsunami-Damaged Coral Reefs Expected to Recover Quickly
Released: 21-Dec-2005 3:20 PM EST
Tsunami-Damaged Coral Reefs Expected to Recover Quickly
New England Aquarium

In the aftermath of last year's tsunami, Dr. Greg Stone of the New England Aquarium co-led an expedition of scientist-divers to survey the damaged coral reefs. The results indicate a quick recovery for most of the tsunami-damaged reefs.

Released: 20-Dec-2005 1:00 AM EST
After the Tsunami: Progress Made in Rebuilding Indonesia's Health Care System
Johns Hopkins University

JHPIEGO has played an important role in rebuilding the health care system in Indonesia's tsunami-struck Aceh province. JHPIEGO has helped to train and equip new midwives, the first point of contact for many Indonesians in need of care.

29-Nov-2005 12:00 AM EST
Less Seafloor Disturbance than Anticipated from 2004 Earthquake/Tsunami
University of Rhode Island

The first research expedition to directly observe the seafloor near the epicenter of the earthquake that caused the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has revealed unexpected results that will dramatically improve forecasting of future tsunamis.

Released: 22-Nov-2005 5:10 PM EST
Researchers to Create Tsunami Hazard Maps for East Coast
University of Rhode Island

Two researchers have been awarded a grant to create maps of the East Coast of the U.S. that will identify potential flooding and damage that could occur if a tsunami struck the region.

24-Aug-2005 8:50 AM EDT
New Scientist Weekly - Issue 27-Aug-05
New Scientist

1) Trauma of War Hits Troops Years Later; 2) a Personal Search Engine; 3) Crop Revival for Aceh After the Tsunami; 4) More Animals Join the Learning Circle; 5) US on Course for Shrink-to-fit Laser.

Released: 9-Jun-2005 5:10 PM EDT
Education Is Key to Preventing Loss of Life During Tsunamis
Cornell University

Philip Liu, who led a team of scientists to tsunami-hit areas of Sri Lanka in January, says education and more responsible development could minimize losses in future tsunamis.


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