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February 20, 2017

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February 20, 2017

Seismicity in British Columbia and Hidden Continent Called Zealandia

Feb. 14, 2017 — Seismicity in the Pacific Northwest is well documented and includes recent seismic activity on fault systems within the Juan de Fuca Strait. However, the seismic potential of crustal faults within ... read more

Aftershock Nepal: Changing Perceptions Through Student Journalism

Feb. 6, 2017 — When the earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, the newspapers were full of stories of the tragic event, the devastation left following the natural disaster, and the heroic clean-up effort on the ground. Less ... read more

Non-Reporting 'Did You Feel It?' Areas Can Be Used to Improve Earthquake Intensity Maps

Jan. 31, 2017 — The remarkable reach of the US Geological Survey's 'Did You Feel It?' website can be used to improve maps of earthquake intensity -- if non-reporting areas are including in the mapping ... read more

Jan. 13, 2017 — Even though carbon is one of the most-abundant elements on Earth, it is actually very difficult to determine how much of it exists below the surface in Earth's interior. Analysis of crystals ... read more

Jan. 13, 2017 — A new study provides important details on the extent of sea ice, which can protect ice shelves from the impacts of ocean storms, in the Antarctic ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — Copper is an essential element of our society with main uses in the field of electricity and electronics. About 70% of the copper comes from deposits formed several million years ago during events of ... read more

Jan. 11, 2017 — A team of seismologists analyzing the data from 671 earthquakes that occurred between 30 and 280 miles beneath the Earth's surface in the Pacific Plate as it descended into the Tonga Trench were ... read more

High Rates of PTSD and Other Mental Health Problems After Great East Japan Earthquake

Jan. 9, 2017 — The devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear disaster in Japan had a high mental health impact -- with some effects persisting several years later, according to a comprehensive ... read more

Backpackers Demonstrated Resounding Leadership in Aftermath of Nepal Earthquake

Jan. 9, 2017 — A first-of-its-kind study exploring the experiences of tourists exposed to a natural disaster immediately in its aftermath reveals four dominant themes: emotional turmoil, quick recovery, springing ... read more

Jan. 3, 2017 — Holidaymakers concerned about fresh volcanic eruptions causing flight-disrupting ash clouds across Northern Europe might be reassured by a study setting out the first reliable estimates of their ... read more

Report Calls for Improved Methods to Assess Earthquake-Caused Soil Liquefaction

Dec. 21, 2016 — Effectively engineering infrastructure to protect life and to mitigate the economic, environmental, and social impacts of liquefaction requires the ability to accurately assess the likelihood of ... read more

Dec. 21, 2016 — A study spanning 10 national forests and 14 burned areas in California found that conifer seedlings were found in less than 60 percent of the study areas five to seven years after fire. Of the nearly ... read more

Clues from Past Volcanic Explosion Helps Research Team to Model Future Activity

Dec. 20, 2016 — Researchers have developed a model that will help civil defense agencies better judge the impact of future volcanic eruptions – including those that threaten the UK ... read more

180-Million-Year-Old Rocks Lend Insight Into Earth's Most Powerful Earthquakes

Dec. 19, 2016 — The raggedness of the ocean floors could be the key to triggering some of the Earth’s most powerful earthquakes, scientists have ... read more

Dec. 19, 2016 — While metamorphic reactions in the subducting slab liberate large amounts of fluids, low-frequency earthquakes (LFE) largely occur beneath impermeable unmetamorphosed overlying plate, and are rare ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — Seismic data from the 2015 eruption of Axial Volcano, an underwater volcano about 300 miles off the Oregon coast, has provided the clearest look at the inner workings of a volcano where two ocean ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — While the Caribbean is not thought to be at risk for tsunamis, a new study indicates that large submarine landslides on the slopes of the Great Bahama Bank have generated tsunamis in the past and ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — A recent study provides a new data set that scientists can use to better understand plate tectonics -- the movement of the earth's outer layer. Specifically, it contributes to understanding how ... read more

Dec. 14, 2016 — A crowdsourced earthquake network using Android phones and the MyShake app has since February 2016 detected nearly 400 temblors worldwide, with one of the most active areas of the world the ... read more

Mapping New Zealand Landslides With Satellites, Drones, Helicopters, Hiking Boots

Dec. 13, 2016 — Geologists and engineers are mapping surface ruptures and some of the tens of thousands of landslides triggered by last month's magnitude-7.8 earthquake in New ... read more

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