Plate Tectonics
Undergraduate engineers advance shock wave mitigation research  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A team of undergraduate engineers at UC San Diego has discovered a method that could make materials more resilient against massive shocks such as earthquakes or explosions. The students, conducting research in the structural... more
Groovy! These grooved patterns better mitigate shock waves  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Engineers have discovered a method that could make materials more resilient against massive shocks such as earthquakes or explosions. They found that cutting small grooves in obstacle materials diminished the impacts of... more
Philippine capital jolted by quake  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
An earthquake that struck east of the Philippine capital Manila on Friday set buildings swaying and sent scores into the streets, but authorities said they did not expect any damage. more
Genetic engineering could open possibilities for patients with Parkinson’s disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
People with Parkinson’s disease experience loss of dopamine-producing brain cells, leading to tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia, and postural instability, the primary symptoms of the disease. more
Rocks at asteroid impact site record first day of dinosaur extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
When the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs slammed into the planet, the impact set wildfires, triggered tsunamis and blasted so much sulfur into the atmosphere... more
Earthquake fault long thought dormant could devastate Los Angeles, researchers say  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists citing new research say an earthquake fault along the Los Angeles coast, previously believed to be dormant, is active and could cause a destructive 6.4... more
New research provides better look at ocean plate under Central America  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Convection in Earth's mantle is the "engine" driving plate tectonics. Hot material rises to the Earth's surface from the boundary between the planet's core and mantle,... more
Role of earthquake motions in triggering a 'surprise' tsunami  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Geologists, geophysicists, and mathematicians show how coupled computer models can accurately recreate the conditions leading to the world's deadliest natural disasters of 2018, the Palu earthquake and tsunami, which struck... more
Researchers uncover role of earthquake motions in triggering a 'surprise' tsunami  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In newly published research, an international team of geologists, geophysicists, and mathematicians show how coupled computer models can accurately recreate the conditions leading to the world's... more
Earthquake study casts doubt on early warnings but hints at improved forecasting  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A recent study investigated around 100,000 localized seismic events to search for patterns in the data. Scientists discovered that earthquakes of differing magnitudes have... more
Earthquake study casts doubt on early warnings but hints at improved forecasting  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A recent study has investigated around 100,000 localized seismic events to search for patterns in the data. University of Tokyo Professor Satoshi Ide discovered... more
Understanding the link between fracking and earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers studying hydraulic fracturing have answered a longstanding question over how the practice can sometimes cause moderate earthquakes and may be able to use their model to forecast when quakes linked to fracking might... more
What drives plate tectonics?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Plate tectonics was founded in the late 1960s, and it concerns the distribution and movements of plates, the uppermost layer of the Earth. Plate movements not only control the distributions of earthquakes, volcanoes, and mineral resources in the crust, but... more
Sensor used at CERN could help gravitational wave hunters  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
It started with a relatively simple goal: create a prototype for a new kind of device to monitor the motion of underground structures at CERN. But the project—the result of... more
In Photos: How These Stunning Natural Bridges Form and Why They're So Gorgeous  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
This national park in Utah is home to three of the most spectacular natural bridges created by rushing water and jittery tectonic... more
Reconstructing Anak Krakatau flank collapse that caused Dec. 2018 Indonesian tsunami  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A new study presents the detailed observation of a tsunami-generating volcano collapse by remote sensing. The study analyzes the 2018 collapse of Anak Krakatau, which triggered... more
Reconstructing the Anak Krakatau flank collapse that caused the December 2018 Indonesian tsunami  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A new study published in Geology presents the detailed observation of a tsunami-generating volcano collapse by remote sensing. The paper by Rebecca... more
Rising seas threaten Egypt's fabled port city of Alexandria  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, which has survived invasions, fires and earthquakes since it was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago, now faces a new menace... more
6.3-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Oregon Coast  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Oregon today (Aug. 29), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). more
The role of aseismic slip in hydraulic fracturing-induced seismicity  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Models for hydraulic fracturing–induced earthquakes in shales typically ascribe fault activation to elevated pore pressure or increased shear stress; however, these mechanisms are incompatible with experiments and rate-state frictional models,... more
'Surrey swarm' earthquakes not caused by nearby oil extraction, study suggests  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Research has found no evidence that oil extraction caused recent earthquakes known as the 'Surrey swarm' in Surrey and Sussex, England. more
'Surrey swarm' earthquakes not caused by nearby oil extraction, says study  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The series of 34 small earthquakes between April 2018 and May 2019 occurred within 10 km of two active oil extraction sites at Brockham and Horse... more
Utah's red rock metronome  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
At about the same rate that your heart beats, a Utah rock formation called Castleton Tower gently vibrates, keeping time and keeping watch over the sandstone desert. Swaying like a skyscraper, the red rock tower taps into the deep vibrations... more
Most of California's Big Earthquakes Are Preceded by Ghostly 'Foreshocks' Weeks in Advance  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Foreshocks — the tiny, sometimes imperceptible tremors that precede massive earthquakes — are way more common than we thought. more
Crack in Pacific seafloor caused volcanic chain to go dormant  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
From his geology lab at the University of Houston, Jonny Wu has discovered that a chain of volcanoes stretching between Northeast Asia and Russia began a period of... more
Utah's red rock metronome: Seismic readings reveal Castleton Tower's unseen vibrations  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
At about the same rate that your heart beats, a Utah rock formation called Castleton Tower gently vibrates, keeping time and keeping watch over the sandstone... more
Deducing the scale of tsunamis from the 'roundness' of deposited gravel  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Scientists from Tokyo Metropolitan University and Ritsumeikan University have found a link between the "roundness" distribution of tsunami deposits and how far tsunamis reach inland. They... more
Simulated training for timely NICU evacuations  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
In late August 2011, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake - the strongest east of the Mississippi since 1944 - shook Washington, D.C., with such force that it cracked the Washington Monument and damaged the National Cathedral. more
Deducing the scale of tsunamis from the 'roundness' of deposited gravel  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Scientists have found a link between the 'roundness' distribution of tsunami deposits and how far tsunamis reach inland. They sampled the 'roundness' of gravel from different... more
Evidence found of low slip earthquakes impeding progression of large destructive quakes  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan has found evidence of slow slip earthquakes impeding the progression of large destructive quakes.... more
The slow earthquake spectrum in the Japan Trench illuminated by the S-net seafloor observatories  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Investigating slow earthquake activity in subduction zones provides insight into the slip behavior of megathrusts, which can provide important clues... more
Explaining earthquakes we can't feel  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Researchers have explained mysterious slow-moving earthquakes known as slow slip events with the help of computer simulations. The answer, they learned, is in rocks' pores. more
Underground links between quakes and eruptions of Japan's biggest active volcano  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
To better understand subsurface processes associated with earthquakes and eruptions of Mount Aso, researchers investigated a very long period (VLP) seismicity dataset collected over two years.... more
Underground links between quakes and eruptions of Japan's biggest active volcano  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The threat of explosive volcanic eruptions looms over many cities around the world. Earthquakes, another major geological hazard, are known to have some relationships with the... more
Researchers explain slow-moving earthquakes known as 'slow slip events'  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The Earth's subsurface is an extremely active place, where the movements and friction of plates deep underground shape our landscape and govern the intensity of hazards above. While the Earth's... more
Earthquake early-warning sensors being expanded to high-risk areas in California and Nevada  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
An infusion of federal funding will help expand or strengthen the U.S. Geological Survey's earthquake early-warning system around Lake Tahoe, Death Valley, Mammoth and... more
Johns Hopkins researchers reveal why deep brain stimulation improves Parkinson’s symptoms  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
In a new study of seven people with Parkinson’s disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report evidence that deep brain stimulation using electrical impulses jumpstarts the nerve... more
Earthquake-warning system that could provide smartphone alerts to Pacific Northwest gets funding boost  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The U.S. Geological Survey is greatly increasing funding for the region's seismic network, putting it on track to send public alerts of... more
Scientists finally know how big earthquakes start: with many smaller ones  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The vast majority of earthquakes we feel come soon after smaller ones, according to new research that offers new insights into how seismology works. more
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