Volcanoes get quiet before they erupt!

June 30, 2016

When dormant volcanoes are about to erupt, they show some predictive characteristics—seismic activity beneath the volcano starts to…
Yale Himalaya Initiative, F&ES Map Risks in Post-Earthquake Nepal

March 25, 2016

In the days immediately following last year’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, Yale faculty, staff, and students worked…
How rivers of hot ash and gas move when a supervolcano erupts

March 9, 2016

Supervolcanoes capable of unleashing hundreds of times the amount of magma that was expelled during the Mount St.…
Faster, more accurate tsunami warnings with GPS

February 17, 2016

GPS instruments already in place around the world could provide more rapid and more accurate warning of a…
In 2012, Costa Rica was pummeled by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, one of the strongest ever to hit the Central American nation. Without enough advance warning, natural disasters like this can be devastating. An NSF-funded team of international scientists lead by the University of South Florida has found a way to help better forecast the size of future disasters like this. The team found that subtle shifts in the Earth's offshore plates can be a harbinger of the size of earthquakes or tsunamis. The geological phenomenon called "slow slip events," identified just 15 years ago, is a useful tool in spotting the precursors for major earthquakes and resulting tsunamis. Slow slip events are caused by motion on faults but, unlike earthquakes, the events release their energy slowly, over weeks or months. These events can't be felt or even recorded by conventional seismographs. Find out more in this video. Credit: National Science Foundation
New app turns smartphones into worldwide seismic network

February 15, 2016

UC Berkeley scientists released a free Android app that taps a smartphone’s ability to record ground shaking from…
Double Dose of Bad Earthquake News

February 9, 2016

A team of researchers, including one from the University of California, Riverside, has discovered that earthquake ruptures can…
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