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Submarine Cables to Offshore Wind Farms Transformed into a Seismic Network

December 19, 2019

An international team of geoscientists led by Caltech has used fiber optic communications cables stationed at the bottom…
The Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS) cabled observatory, a node for science instruments on the ocean floor 891 meters (2,923 feet) below the surface of Monterey Bay, is connected to shore by a 52-kilometer (32-mile) undersea cable that carries data and power. About 20 kilometers of the cable was used to test photonic seismology on the seafloor. (Copyright MBARI, 2009 via UC Berkeley)
Underwater telecom cables make superb seismic network

November 29, 2019

Fiber-optic cables that constitute a global undersea telecommunications network could one day help scientists study offshore earthquakes and…
Study shows Southern California earthquakes increased stress on major fault line

November 5, 2019

A University of Iowa-led study has found that a series of Southern California earthquakes last summer increased stress…
A seismic sensor. Image credit: iwona_kellie via Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Researcher Unveils a Plan for a Dense Seismological Survey of Los Angeles

October 24, 2019

Caltech’s Rob Clayton is preparing to launch a project to blanket the Los Angeles Basin with 25 seismic sensors per…
Seismologists Monitor Ridgecrest Aftershocks Using Novel Fiber Optic Network

July 26, 2019

Seismologists from Caltech are using fiber optic cables to monitor and record the aftershocks from the 2019 Ridgecrest…
The Harvard University group is looking for yards located roughly inside the blue box. The photo shows the small seismic instruments that can be planted in grass. Image credit: Marine Denolle/Harvard University
Seismologists seek space on volunteers’ floors and lawns to study Seattle seismic risks

May 31, 2019

The Puget Sound area is vulnerable to several types of seismic risks. We might fixate on “The Really…
Quack Chats explores the insides of the world’s great volcanoes

May 20, 2019

Most people know what the outside of a volcano looks like, but not many can describe what they’re…
Scientists Identify Almost 2 Million Previously “Hidden” Earthquakes

April 23, 2019

Pouring through 10 years’ worth of Southern California seismic data with the scientific equivalent of a fine-tooth comb,…
Dark Fiber Lays Groundwork for Long-Distance Earthquake Detection and Groundwater Mapping

February 6, 2019

Berkeley Lab researchers capture a detailed picture of how earthquakes travel through the Earth’s subsurface. In traditional seismology,…
Deadly Indonesian Quake Was a Rare ‘Superfast’ Event

February 5, 2019

Last September’s major earthquake near Palu City on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was a rare supershear event,…
‘Silent slip’ along fault line serves as prelude to big earthquakes, research suggests

January 23, 2019

Big earthquakes appear to follow a brief episode of “shallow mantle creep” and “seismic swarms,” suggests new research…
Seismic study reveals huge amount of water dragged into Earth’s interior

November 19, 2018

Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep…
Seismic activity induced by spectators at stadium, measured with Raspberry Pi

November 12, 2018

The University of Michigan is home to the largest stadium in the USA (the second-largest in the world!).…
‘Majority rules’ when looking for earthquakes, explosions

October 30, 2018

New Sandia software reduces false, missed detections of seismic activity A dormant volcano in Antarctica helped researchers at…
Rice University postdoctoral researcher Jonathan Delph led a study that found evidence of water escaping during subduction and infiltrating sedimentary material related to small tremors that occur beneath the Pacific Northwest of the United States. (Credit: Rice University)
Tiny northwest quakes tied to deep-crust structure

October 29, 2018

The earthquakes are so small and deep that someone standing in Seattle would never feel them. In fact,…
Experiments using Diamond Anvils Yield New Insight into the Deep Earth

September 25, 2018

Nearly 1,800 miles below the earth’s surface, there are large odd structures lurking at the base of the…
New imagery solves mystery of why Mount St. Helens is out of line with other volcanoes

September 5, 2018

Some of the clearest, most comprehensive images of the top several miles of the Earth’s crust have helped…
Injection wells can induce earthquakes miles away from the well

August 31, 2018

A study of earthquakes induced by injecting fluids deep underground has revealed surprising patterns, suggesting that current recommendations…
Research finds quakes can systematically trigger other ones on opposite side of Earth

August 7, 2018

New research shows that a big earthquake can not only cause other quakes, but large ones, and on…
New model reveals rips in Earth’s mantle layer below southern Tibet

August 1, 2018

Seismic waves are helping researchers uncover the mysterious subsurface history of the Tibetan Plateau, possibly lending insight to…
Earthquake in the laboratory

July 17, 2018

High-pressure experiments allow the spread of seismic waves to be observed in the mineral ferropericlase. Research scientists at…
Sub-sea rift spills secrets to seismic probe

April 30, 2018

The first study to spring from a Rice University-led 2013 international expedition to map the sea floor off the coast…
Supercomputers yield sharper view of Yellowstone’s magma

April 19, 2018

UO researchers, using the power of supercomputer modeling, have delivered focus to fuzzy views of previously published seismic…
Continental interiors may not be as tectonically stable as geologists think

February 20, 2018

A University of Illinois-led team has identified unexpected geophysical signals underneath tectonically stable interiors of South America and…
Fox Creek quakes linked to volume and location of hydraulic fracturing

January 22, 2018

The volume of hydraulic fracturing fluid and the location of well pads control the occurrence and frequency of…
Small earthquakes at fracking sites may be early indicators of bigger tremors to come

December 14, 2017

Stanford geoscientists have devised a way of detecting thousands of faint, previously missed earthquakes triggered by hydraulic fracturing,…
Mysterious deep-Earth seismic signature explained

November 23, 2017

New research on oxygen and iron chemistry under the extreme conditions found deep inside the Earth could explain…
Keep an automatic eye on seismic zones

October 31, 2016

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 twin radar satellites combined with cloud computing are monitoring Europe’s earthquake zones by searching for…
Study Finds Earthquakes Can Trigger Near-Instantaneous Aftershocks on Different Faults

September 10, 2016

According to a new study by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San…
Breaking the Strongest Link Triggered Big Baja Earthquake

February 19, 2016

Aspate of major earthquakes on small faults could overturn traditional views about how earthquakes start, according to a…
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