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    2-Aug-2017 2:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 678748

Shake It Up: Human-Induced and Natural Earthquakes in Central U.S. Are 'Inherently Similar'

University of Michigan

The stresses released by human-induced and naturally occurring earthquakes in the central United States are in many cases indistinguishable, meaning that existing tools to predict shaking damage can be applied to both types.

31-Jul-2017 10:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 678147

Toward 20-Story Earthquake-Safe Buildings Made From Wood

University of California San Diego

-- A two-story wooden structure endured four different earthquake simulations on July 14, 2017 on the world’s largest outdoor shake table here in San Diego. And it’s still standing before more tests in the coming weeks. The goal of the tests is to gather enough data to design wood buildings as tall as 20 stories that do not suffer significant damage during large earthquakes. That is, not only can occupants leave the building unharmed, but they can come back and resume living in the building shortly after a temblor.

19-Jul-2017 1:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 676749

Grant to Fund Research Into New Metamaterial That Provides Earthquake Protection

Penn State College of Engineering

Earthquakes and explosions damage thousands of structures worldwide each year, destroying countless lives in their wake, but a team of researchers at Penn State is examining a completely new way of safeguarding key infrastructure, thanks to a $50,000 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant provided by the College of Engineering.

20-Jun-2017 1:05 PM EDT
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    25-May-2017 2:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 675174

Researchers Drill Deep to Understand Why the Sumatra Earthquake Was So Severe

University of Southampton

An international team of scientists has found evidence suggesting the dehydration of minerals deep below the ocean floor influenced the severity of the Sumatra earthquake, which took place on December 26, 2004.

23-May-2017 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 675218

How X-Rays Helped to Solve Mystery of Floating Rocks

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Experiments at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source have helped scientists to solve a mystery of why some rocks can float for years in the ocean, traveling thousands of miles before sinking.

23-May-2017 2:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 674996

WVU Professor’s Patented System Could Save Lives and Make Cities More Resilient After Natural Disasters

West Virginia University

West Virginia University professor Hota GangaRao and Praveen Majjigapu, a Ph.D. student in civil engineering, have developed a system that will increase the strength and endurance of structures in earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other large blasts, helping communities prevent catastrophe. The system is also beneficial for repairing historic or aging structures.

18-May-2017 1:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 673950

Geologists Use Radioactive Clock to Document Longest Earthquake Record

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Using radioactive elements trapped in crystallized, cream-colored “veins” in New Mexican rock, geologists have peered back in time more than 400,000 years to illuminate a record of earthquakes along the Loma Blanca fault in the Rio Grande rift. It is the longest record of earthquakes ever documented on a fault.

2-May-2017 10:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 671978

A Seismic Mapping Milestone

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Using advanced modeling and simulation, seismic data generated by earthquakes, and one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, a team led by Jeroen Tromp of Princeton University is creating a detailed 3-D picture of Earth’s interior. Currently, the team is focused on imaging the entire globe from the surface to the core–mantle boundary, a depth of 1,800 miles.

28-Mar-2017 1:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 671979

Using a Method From Wall Street to Track Slow Slipping of Earth’s Crust

University of Washington

An algorithm for stock prices can be used with GPS data to automatically detect slow-slip earthquakes at a single station, offering a new way to monitor seismic activity.

28-Mar-2017 1:05 PM EDT

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