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Scripps Scientists Discover Evidence of Super-fast Deep Earthquake

Posted on July 11, 2014

As scientists learn more about earthquakes that rupture at fault zones near the planet’s surface—and the mechanisms that trigger them—an even more intriguing earthquake mystery lies deeper in the planet.
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Scientists use LiDAR, 3-D modeling software to intricately map active Chinese fault zone

Posted on June 16, 2014

Chinese and American scientists collaborating in the study of an active seismic fault that produced one of China’s most deadly earthquakes say their deployment of an airborne LiDAR system, which uses pulses of laser light to calculate distances and chart terrain features, has helped them produce the most precise topographical measurements ever of the fault zone.
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Record Number of Oklahoma Tremors Raises Possibility of Damaging Earthquakes

Posted on May 6, 2014

The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent since October 2013, significantly increasing the chance for a damaging quake in central Oklahoma. In a new joint statement by the U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey, the agencies reported that 183 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater occurred in Oklahoma from October 2013 through April 14, 2014. This compares with a long-term average from 1978 to 2008 of only two magnitude 3.0 or larger earthquakes per year. As a result of the increased number of small and moderate shocks, the likelihood of future, damaging earthquakes has increased for central and north-central Oklahoma.
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