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April 30, 2017

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April 30, 2017

Winemakers Lose Billions of Dollars Every Year Due to Natural Disasters

Apr. 27, 2017 — Every year, worldwide wine industry suffers losses of more than ten billion US dollars from damaged assets, production losses, and lost profits due to extreme weather events and natural disasters. A ... read more

Apr. 19, 2017 — Volcanologists spent two weeks collecting samples from Yasur, a continuously erupting volcano on Tanna, an island in the remote South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, to study its chemical composition ... read more

Forecasting Large Earthquakes Along the Wasatch Front, Utah

Apr. 13, 2017 — There is a 43 percent probability that the Wasatch Front region in Utah will experience at least one magnitude 6.75 or greater earthquake, and a 57 percent probability of at least one magnitude 6.0 ... read more

Developing a Microinsurance Plan for California Earthquakes

Apr. 12, 2017 — Nine out of 10 Californians are uninsured against earthquake risk, which could slow economic recovery in neighborhoods and cities around the state after a damaging quake. On-demand or use-based small ... read more

Seismologists Offer Detailed Look at New Zealand's Kaikoura Earthquake

Apr. 12, 2017 — The magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake that struck the South Island of New Zealand last November was the largest on-land recorded earthquake in the country's ... read more

Seismic Listening System Offers New Look at Old Faithful Geyser

Apr. 11, 2017 — After deploying hundreds of seismometers around the Old Faithful Geyser in 2015 and 2016, scientists have a clearer picture of how the geyser erupts and what may lie beneath the popular tourist ... read more

Could a Colorado Earthquake Have Been Triggered by Dinosaur Extinction Impact?

Apr. 11, 2017 — Researchers have found signs of fault displacement at well-known rock outcrops in Colorado that mark the end-Cretaceous asteroid impact that may have hurried the extinction of the ... read more

Communicating Tsunami Evacuations Effectively

Apr. 18, 2017 — An effective communication approach incorporating computer simulations could help people find practical means to evacuate in the event of a ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Authors of a new report point out the need for continued geoscience education on the topic of tsunamis and other earthquake-related ... read more

The Forecaster's Dilemma: Evaluating Forecasts of Extreme Events

Apr. 10, 2017 — Accurate predictions of extreme events do not necessarily indicate the scientific superiority of the forecaster or the forecast method from which they originate. The way forecast evaluation is ... read more

Apr. 7, 2017 — A new study changes our understanding of how volcanic arc lavas are formed, and may have implications for the study of earthquakes and the risks of volcanic ... read more

Using a Method from Wall Street to Track Slow Slipping of Earth's Crust

Mar. 28, 2017 — An indicator for stock prices can be used with GPS data to automatically detect slow-slip earthquakes from a single station's observations, offering a new way to monitor seismic ... read more

Mar. 24, 2017 — The striking North Face of the Bernese Alps is the result of a steep rise of rocks from the depths following a collision of two tectonic plates. This steep rise gives new insight into the final stage ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — When geologists went in search for evidence of ancient tsunamis along Southern California’s coastal wetlands, they found something else. Their discoveries have implications for seismic hazard and ... read more

Mar. 15, 2017 — Researchers have been studying the deep earthquake which occurred on May 30, 2015, to the west of Japan's Bonin ... read more

Mar. 13, 2017 — What caused the largest glaciation event in Earth's history, known as 'snowball Earth'? Geologists and climate scientists have been searching for the answer for years but the root ... read more

CRUST Adds New Layer of Defense Against Earthquakes, Tsunamis

Mar. 13, 2017 — The first computer model to simulate the whole chain of events triggered by offshore mega subduction earthquakes could reduce losses to life and property caused by disasters like the huge earthquake ... read more

Floods and Hurricanes Predicted With Social Media

Mar. 10, 2017 — Social media can warn us about hurricanes, storms and floods before they happen, according to new research. Key words and photos on social media can signal developing risks – like water levels ... read more

Mar. 9, 2017 — A number of volcanoes around the world continuously exhale water vapor laced with heavy metals, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide, among many other gases. Of these, sulfur dioxide ... read more

Mar. 9, 2017 — Scientists made a surprising discovery on their mission to find better indicators for impending volcanic eruptions: it looks like tree rings may be able to predict eruptions, report ... read more

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