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May 24, 2016

May 13, 2016 — A volcano erupting and spewing ash into the sky can cover nearby areas under a thick coating of ash and can also have consequences for aviation safety. Airline traffic changes due to a recent ... read more

Seismic Response of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Coupled Walls

May 6, 2016 — Use of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete in construction will allow for the use of less and simpler steel reinforcement while maintaining good structural behavior and potentially reducing the amount of ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Normally, it takes weeks to repair the cracking or spalling of columns on just one bridge damaged in an earthquake. Now a team of researchers has developed a new process of fixing damaged bridge ... read more

Chile Quake at Epicenter of Expanding Disaster, Failure Data Repository

Apr. 26, 2016 — A research team has made available a comprehensive set of data from the 2010 Chile earthquake to provide researchers, engineers, codemakers and others in quake-prone areas worldwide a powerful tool ... read more

Landslide Risk Remains High a Year After Magnitude-7.8 Nepal Earthquake

Apr. 25, 2016 — With the monsoon fast approaching, the landslide risk in Nepal remains high a year after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people, according to a research ... read more

Apr. 21, 2016 — A new study reveals that volcanic activity associated with the plate-tectonic movement of continents may be responsible for climatic shifts from hot to cold over tens and hundreds of millions of ... read more

Preparations for a US West Coast Tsunami Look to the Past and Future

Apr. 21, 2016 — Plans for managing tsunami risk on the West Coast are evolving, said scientists. These plans include everything from tsunami hazard maps that guide the development of personal and community ... read more

Induced Earthquakes Come Under Closer Scrutiny

Apr. 20, 2016 — On March 28, the US Geological Survey issued a one-year seismic forecast for the United States that for the first time includes ground-shaking hazards from both natural and human-induced ... read more

Apr. 20, 2016 — Scientists can read old descriptions of eruptions and analyze ash deposits captured in polar ice, but consistently estimating the climate impact of past eruptions has been difficult. A new technique ... read more

Apr. 19, 2016 — Contemporary chronicles, archaeological studies and physical evidence all point to severe climatic changes and ensuing social crises in the middle of the 6th century. New data from ice cores suggest ... read more

Apr. 18, 2016 — New Mexico's Las Conchas fire provided researchers with an unexpected chance to conduct before-and-after studies of how wildfire affected short and long-term erosion rates. More than 90 percent ... read more

Natural Disasters Since 1900: Over 8 Million Deaths, 7 Trillion US Dollars

Apr. 18, 2016 — More than seven trillion US dollars economic damage and eight million deaths via natural disasters since the start of the 20th century. These figures have been calculated using a database called ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — Why are volcanologists interested in vapor bubbles? Because they can accumulate in a magma reservoir underneath a volcano, priming it to explode. Researchers have now discovered how bubbles are able ... read more

Earthquake May Have Been Humanmade, but More Data Needed to Assess Hazards in Texas

Apr. 13, 2016 — The most comprehensive analysis to date of a series of earthquakes that included a 4.8 magnitude event in East Texas in 2012 has found it plausible that the earthquakes were caused by wastewater ... read more

Apr. 11, 2016 — A scientist has developed a hi-tech animation of millions of years of tectonic plate movements that could lead to new mineral discoveries and help predict volcanic ... read more

When Life Returned After a Volcanic Mass Extinction

Apr. 8, 2016 — A new study used fossils and mercury isotopes from volcanic gas deposited in ancient proto-Pacific Ocean sediment deposits in Nevada to determine when life recovered following the end-Triassic mass ... read more

Threat of Climate Change Found to Be Key Psychological and Emotional Stressor

Apr. 5, 2016 — Climate change is a significant threat to the health of Americans, creating unprecedented health problems in areas where they might not have previously occurred, according to a report released April ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — Scientists have discovered a way to forecast earthquakes based on slow fault movements caused by moving sub-layers of the Earth. The study may have major significance on the prediction of ... read more

Shifting Sands on Mars

Apr. 4, 2016 — Researchers are traveling to Iceland to better understand sand dunes found all over the planet Mars. They hope the Iceland site will show how Martian sands have changed, which could yield more clues ... read more

Disaster Plans Often Neglect Historic Preservation

Apr. 4, 2016 — Many communities fail to take historic preservation into account when planning for natural disasters, risking a loss of heritage and critical engines of the local economy in the event of catastrophe, ... read more

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