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April 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

Mar. 7, 2017 — The Newport-Inglewood and Rose Canyon faults had been considered separate systems but a new study shows that they are actually one continuous fault system running from San Diego Bay to Seal Beach in ... read more

Mar. 2, 2017 — The 11 March 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake was the largest and most destructive in the history of Japan. Scientists are hard at work trying to understand just what made it so ... read more

2013 Bingham Canyon Landslide, Moment by Moment

Mar. 2, 2017 — Geoscientists have revisited the 2013 Bingham Canyon landslide with a combined analysis of aerial photos, computer modeling, and seismic data to pick apart the ... read more

2017 Forecast: Significant Chance of Earthquake Damage in the Central and Eastern US

Mar. 1, 2017 — A one-year seismic hazard model for 2017 from the US Geological Survey, forecasts lower damaging ground shaking levels in the central and eastern US compared to the previous forecast, in areas where ... read more

Mar. 1, 2017 — Distinguishing human from climatic influence on historical fire patterns is critical to forest management planning, which is guided by historical patterns of fire frequency, size, and intensity. A ... read more

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