Plate Tectonics
Millions on prescription sleeping pills would sleep through a fire alarm  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Widely prescribed 'benzodiazepine' sleeping pills suppress the sleeping brain's ability to wake us when it senses a threat. But an alternative class of hypnotics currently under... more
New computer modeling approach could improve understanding of megathrust earthquakes  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Years before the devastating Tohoku earthquake struck the coast of Japan in 2011, the Earth's crust near the site of the quake was starting to stir. Researchers are... more
New computer modeling approach could improve understanding of megathrust earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Years before the devastating Tohoku earthquake struck the coast of Japan in 2011, the Earth's crust near the site of the quake was starting to stir. Researchers at... more
Child nutrition remained stable a year after 2015 earthquake in Nepal, finds study  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Despite widespread destruction, including severe agricultural-related losses caused by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, child nutrition remained stable in the hardest hit... more
Following Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake, crisis in childhood malnutrition averted  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Despite widespread destruction, including severe agricultural-related losses caused by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, child nutrition remained stable in the hardest hit areas, a new study finds. more
Global natural disasters wreak $160 bn damage in 2018: Munich Re  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Natural disasters including wildfires, hurricanes and tsunamis inflicted $160 billion of damage and claimed 10,400 lives in 2018, German reinsurer Munich Re said Tuesday. more
Deep low-frequency earthquakes indicate migration of magmatic fluids beneath Laacher See  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A German study shows that magma could rise from the upper mantle into the middle and upper crust beneath the Laacher See Volcano (Rhineland-Palatinate). This is... more
Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Triggered Mile-High Tsunami That Spread Through Earth's Oceans  SPACE.COM · 1 week
When the dinosaur-killing asteroid collided with Earth more than 65 million years ago, it did not go gently into that good night. Rather, it blasted a nearly mile-high... more
Deep low-frequency earthquakes indicate migration of magmatic fluids beneath Laacher See Volcano  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Magma could rise from the upper mantle into the middle and upper crust beneath the Laacher See Volcano (Germany). The scientists present evidence of... more
Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Triggered Mile-High Tsunami That Spread Through Earth's Oceans  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
When the dinosaur-killing asteroid collided with Earth more than 65 million years ago, it did not go gently into that good night. Rather, it blasted a nearly mile-high... more
Creating a 'virtual seismologist'  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Understanding earthquakes is a challenging problem—not only because they are potentially dangerous but also because they are complicated phenomena that are difficult to study. Interpreting the massive, often convoluted data sets that are recorded by earthquake monitoring networks is a... more
Major tsunami struck southern China in 1076, say scientists  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A major tsunami struck China's southern coast in 1076 causing "drastic cultural decline", Chinese researchers say, in a study with implications for a densely populated region boasting multiple coastal nuclear... more
From playing cards to tectonic plates, layered materials pushed to the brink  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Looking deeper into the internal behavior of layered solids and formations -- from graphene sheets, to wood laminates, to geological formations -- researchers are... more
This is what happens when layered materials are pushed to the brink  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
By studying the behavior of a deck of cards, and stacks of other materials, like steel and aluminum, scientists at Drexel University are proving... more
Scientists model Anak Krakatau volcano, tsunami to help prep US for future tsunamis  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Last month's eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano in Indonesia and the deadly tsunami that followed caused two University of Rhode Island... more
Strong quake off Philippines prompts panic, tsunami warning (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A powerful undersea earthquake struck off the southern Philippines on Saturday, prompting people to scramble out of shopping malls and buildings and authorities to warn villagers to stay away from... more
Tsunami alert lifted after undersea quake off Philippines (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A powerful undersea earthquake struck off the southern Philippines on Saturday, prompting people to scramble out of shopping malls and buildings and authorities to warn villagers to stay away from... more
Indonesian tsunami volcano lost two-thirds of its height  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The Indonesian volcano which caused a tsunami that killed more than 400 people last week lost more than two-thirds of its height following the eruption which triggered the killer waves. more
Tsunami alert lifted after undersea quake off Philippines  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A strong undersea earthquake struck off the southern Philippines on Saturday and the head of the country's quake-monitoring agency advised people in a southeastern province to avoid beaches in case of a... more
Indonesia tsunami raises fears for endangered Javan rhino  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Indonesia's tsunami has raised fears that another deadly wave could wipe out the few dozen Javan rhinos still living in the wild, conservation authorities said Friday. more
Weather hampers efforts to inspect Indonesia tsunami volcano  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Bad weather hampered efforts to assess whether Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island could trigger another deadly tsunami as authorities said the search for victims in the worst-affected province will continue into January. more
'All lives matter': Indonesia saves tsunami-stranded turtles  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Searching a debris-strewn beach for victims of Indonesia's deadly tsunami, a rescue team happened upon a giant sea turtle trapped in a pile of marine trash. more
Magnitude 4.9 aftershock strikes near site of Alaska quake  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A magnitude 4.9 aftershock has shaken an area of south central Alaska near where a powerful temblor jolted the region last month. more
Indonesia widens danger zone around island volcano  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Indonesia raised the danger level for an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java, and widened its no-go zone. more
Leg nerves activated by light offer new path to restoring mobility  MIT · 3 weeks
New optogenetic technique could help restore limb movement, treat muscle tremor. more
Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily, sparks panic  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A quake triggered by Mount Etna's eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, injuring at least 10 people, damaging churches and houses on the volcano's slopes and prompting panicked villagers... more
Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Indonesian authorities asked people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed more than 420 people last weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the... more
'Run to the hills': Tsunami fears spark chaos in Indonesia town  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Hundreds of panicked residents, many sobbing and clutching small children, tried to flee Sumber Jaya village Tuesday as word spread that another tsunami was about to... more
Mount Etna eruption causes airspace closure  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The Mount Etna volcano erupted on Monday, spewing ash as several minor earthquakes hit the region, and prompting a partial closure of the Sicilian airspace around the mountain. more
Death toll climbs past 370 in Indonesian tsunami disaster  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Body bags were laid out along the shattered coastline as Indonesian authorities stepped up efforts to collect the dead and save the injured Monday in the aftermath of a tsunami... more
Hunt for survivors as Indonesian tsunami death toll climbs to 373  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Dozens of filled body bags were hauled away from buildings flattened by Indonesia's volcano-triggered tsunami Monday, as the death toll climbed to 373 and search teams... more
Rumbling Indonesia volcano could trigger more tsunamis, experts warn  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Another tsunami could strike Indonesia, experts have warned, after a powerful wave caused by a volcanic eruption killed hundreds when it swallowed coastal settlements, taking earthquake-focused disaster monitors by surprise. more
10 Ways Earth Changed Forever in 2018  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Earth is always changing, and 2018 — a year filled with hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes — was no exception. more
No warning meant no escape from Indonesia tsunami  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An unpredictable chain of events and an inadequate early warning system combined to deadly effect with the tsunami that slammed into coastal areas of Indonesia killing nearly 300 people, disaster officials and... more
Another tsunami could hit Indonesia, experts warn  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Another tsunami could strike Indonesia, experts warned on Sunday, a day after more than 200 people were killed by a wave triggered by a volcanic eruption. more
Indonesia's angry 'Child of Krakatoa' rumbles on  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The volcano that triggered a deadly tsunami in Indonesia late Saturday emerged from the sea around the legendary Krakatoa 90 years ago and has been on a high-level eruption watchlist for the past decade. more
222 dead as volcano-triggered tsunami hits Indonesia  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A volcano-triggered tsunami has left at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia's Sunda Strait, officials said Sunday, voicing fears that the toll would rise... more
'Volcano' tsunami kills at least 43 in Indonesia  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
At least 43 people have been killed and nearly 600 injured in a tsunami in Indonesia that may have been caused by a volcano known as the "child" of the legendary Krakatoa,... more
NASA's InSight places first instrument on Mars  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
NASA's InSight lander has deployed its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, completing a major mission milestone. New images from the lander show the seismometer on the ground, its copper-colored covering faintly illuminated... more
InSight Lander Places First Instrument on Mars  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
NASA's InSight lander has deployed its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, completing a major mission milestone. New images from the... more
Researcher suggests rivers may cause earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Ryan Thigpen, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, has co-authored a paper that describes how river erosion may lead to more earthquakes. more
InSight places first instrument on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
NASA's InSight lander has deployed its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, completing a major mission milestone. New images from the lander show the seismometer on the ground, its copper-colored covering faintly illuminated in the... more
InSight Deploys First Instrument onto Martian Surface  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, NASA’s InSight lander deployed its first instrument — the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) — onto... more
After big earthquake, aftershocks continue to rattle Alaska  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Nearly three weeks after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook up southcentral Alaska, the state continues to register frequent aftershocks. more
Why do people in Indonesia still live in disaster-prone areas?  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The earthquakes and tsunami in Central Sulawesi that killed more than 2,000 people in September 2018 did not only leave a deep sorrow. It made us rethink the... more
Robots are being programmed to adapt in real time  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A robust, adaptable robot that responds to its environment on the fly and overcomes obstacles such as a broken leg without human intervention could be used to rescue people from... more
Sinking Greek village highlights nation's addiction to coal  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
If earthquakes struck in slow motion, the results might be visible in a place like the Greek village of Anargyri, a hardscrabble enclave in a black landscape gutted by coal mining. more
Machine learning-detected signal predicts time to earthquake  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Machine-learning research reveals the detection of seismic signals accurately predicting the Cascadia fault's slow slippage, a type of failure observed to precede large earthquakes in other subduction zones. more
Oroville Dam earthquakes in February 2017 related to spillway discharge  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A closer look at small earthquakes that took place at the Oroville Dam in California's Sierra Nevada foothills in February 2017 -- near the time when the dam's... more
Oroville Dam earthquakes in February 2017 related to spillway discharge  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A closer look at small earthquakes that took place at the Oroville Dam in California's Sierra Nevada foothills in February 2017—near the time when the dam's spillway failed—suggest... more
Machine learning-detected signal predicts time to earthquake  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Machine-learning research published in two related papers today in Nature Geoscience reports the detection of seismic signals accurately predicting the Cascadia fault's slow slippage, a type of failure observed to precede large earthquakes in... more
Paradigm shift needed for designing tsunami-resistant bridges  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Researchers argue in a new study that a paradigm shift is needed for assessing bridges' tsunami risk. more
Deadly Indonesian tsunami was unleashed by landslide in Palu Bay, study suggests  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
September's deadly Indonesian tsunami, which killed almost 2000 people, was probably caused by a huge submarine landslide off Sulawesi Island's west coast, a new... more
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