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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Protect Your Chicago Water Heater Against Earthquakes? There's a Better Bet

Feb. 9, 2016 — Chicago homeowners, take note: you'll get a better return on your investment if you buy a lottery ticket when the jackpot is high, rather than pay to secure your water heater against earthquake ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — A new study suggests that plate tectonics -- the dynamic processes that formed Earth's mountains, volcanoes and continents -- began about 3 billion years ago. By analyzing trace element ratios ... read more

Study Provides Insights on Sources of Environmental Contamination Following Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Jan. 19, 2016 — Four years after Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster that led to major releases of radioactivity to environment, questions still remain regarding the original sources of ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — Scientists are studying carbon emissions through fault systems in the East African Rift (EAR) in an effort to understand carbon emissions from Earth's interior and how it affects the ... read more

Evidence of Large Volcanic Activity in the Caribbean Uncovered

Jan. 14, 2016 — Scientists have uncovered evidence of a previously unknown large volcanic eruption in the Caribbean Sea. By studying ash layers, known as tephras, in marine sediments they identified an eruption that ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Prevailing scientific models about earthquake generation are challenged when it comes to forecasting earthquake probabilities where observations indicate a creeping megathrust (the gently-dipping ... read more

Researchers to Participate in Flood Reconnaissance Mission

Jan. 12, 2016 — Engineering researchers – experts in the study of how soil reacts to stress caused by earthquakes or floods – are participating in a multi-institutional research mission to document the effects ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — A team of scientists is home after a month-long cruise in the eastern Mediterranean, but this was no vacation. The focus was the plumbing system of magma underneath the island of Santorini, formed by ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — An evaluation of the major 7.8 magnitude subduction zone earthquake in Gorkha, Nepal, in April 2015, has identified characteristics that may be of special relevance to the future of the Pacific ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — A 'kink' in fault explains long-term growth of the world's highest mountains in years between earthquakes, scientists have discovered. Satellite technology shows the Himalayas have ... read more

Jan. 5, 2016 — A new digital geologic map of Alaska is being released providing land users, managers and scientists geologic information for the evaluation of land use in relation to recreation, resource ... read more

Jan. 4, 2016 — Temperature may be more important than pressure in generating gas bubbles which trigger explosive volcanic eruptions, a new study into magma ascent has found. The study, which combined field ... read more

Traces of Islandic Volcanoes in Northeastern German Lake

Jan. 4, 2016 — Traces of volcanic ash originating from islandic volcanoes have been found in the sediments of Laker Tiefer See in the Nossentiner-Schwinzer Heide natural park in Germany. This allows researchers to ... read more

Dec. 23, 2015 — Geologists investigating an unusual landform in the Wabash River Valley in southern Illinois expected to find seismic origins, but instead found the aftermath of rushing floodwaters from melting ... read more

Dec. 23, 2015 — Radiocarbon dating of landslides near the deadly March 2014 mudslide in Oso, Washington show that this is a geologically active region, with other large slides in the relatively recent ... read more

Forensic Seismology Tested on 2006 Munitions Depot 'Cook-Off' in Baghdad

Dec. 22, 2015 — Curious seismologists who looked at the recordings made by a seismic station four miles away from the "cook-off" of an ammunition holding area in Iraq in 2006 found they could distinguish, ... read more

Dec. 19, 2015 — Ongoing studies of a massive volcanic field in the Andes mountains show that the rapid uplift which has raised the surface more than six feet in eight years has occurred many times during the past ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — Fewer landslides resulted from the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquake than expected. In addition, no large floods from overflowing glacial lakes occurred after the magnitude 7.8 quake, which struck ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — Three quakes, in 1100, 1255 and 1344, with magnitudes of around Mw 8 triggered large-scale collapses, mass wasting and initiated the redistribution of material by catastrophic debris flows on the ... read more

Natural or Humanmade Earthquakes? New Technique Can Tell the Difference

Dec. 16, 2015 — Geophysicists have shown that earthquakes resulting from wastewater injection follow several indicative patterns that are starkly different from natural ... read more

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