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February 19, 2019

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February 19, 2019

Study Calls on Feds to Invest in Local Volunteer Disaster Response, Recovery Groups

Feb. 13, 2019 — Data from 2017 Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California natural disasters highlights key collaboration gaps and better ways to save money, time and lives in future disasters. After 2017's ... read more

Toppled Train Offers Insight Into Ground Motion, Origin of 1906 Earthquake

Jan. 30, 2019 — By mathematically modeling the movements of a locomotive that toppled from the tracks north of San Francisco during the city's infamous 1906 earthquake, researchers have calculated a lower limit ... read more

Jan. 29, 2019 — A big earthquake occurred south of Istanbul in the summer of 2016, but it was so slow that nobody noticed. The earthquake, which took place at mid-crustal depth, lasted more than fifty days. Only a ... read more

Jan. 28, 2019 — The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 had a significant impact on climate, decreasing global mean temperature by about 0.5°C. Like the famous eruptions of Krakatau (1883) and Tambora (1815), ... read more

Natural Disaster Affects Children's Schooling Years Later

Jan. 24, 2019 — A new study looked at changes in children's academic performance after major bushfires in Australia. The study concluded that children in regions affected significantly by bushfires demonstrated ... read more

Jan. 24, 2019 — Around 56 million years ago, global temperatures spiked. Researchers now show that a major explosive eruption from the Red Hills on the Isle of Skye may have been a contributing factor to the massive ... read more

Jan. 23, 2019 — Geologists demonstrate the reconstruction of the subduction of the Nazca Ocean plate, the remnants of which are currently found down to 1,500 kilometers, or about 900 miles, below the Earth's ... read more

Near-Term Climate Prediction 'Coming of Age'

Jan. 22, 2019 — The quest for climate scientists to be able to bridge the gap between shorter-term seasonal forecasts and long-term climate projections is 'coming of age', a study ... read more

'Silent Slip' Along Fault Line Serves as Prelude to Big Earthquakes, Research Suggests

Jan. 22, 2019 — Big earthquakes appear to follow a brief episode of 'shallow mantle creep' and 'seismic swarms,' suggests new research that offers an explanation for the foreshocks observed prior ... read more

New Computer Modeling Approach Could Improve Understanding of Megathrust Earthquakes

Jan. 10, 2019 — Years before the devastating Tohoku earthquake struck the coast of Japan in 2011, the Earth's crust near the site of the quake was starting to stir. Researchers are using computer models to ... read more

Following Nepal's Devastating 2015 Earthquake, Crisis in Childhood Malnutrition Averted

Jan. 9, 2019 — Despite widespread destruction, including severe agricultural-related losses caused by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, child nutrition remained stable in the hardest hit areas, a new study ... read more

Jan. 7, 2019 — Magma could rise from the upper mantle into the middle and upper crust beneath the Laacher See Volcano (Germany). The scientists present evidence of deep and low-frequency earthquakes caused by magma ... read more

Tree-Ring Analysis Explains Physiology Behind Drought Intolerance

Dec. 26, 2018 — Tree rings tell the story of what's happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research ... read more

Dec. 21, 2018 — The startling extent to which violent wildfires, similar to those that ravaged large swathes of California recently, affect forests and crops way beyond the boundaries of the blaze has been ... read more

Oroville Dam Earthquakes in February 2017 Related to Spillway Discharge

Dec. 18, 2018 — A closer look at small earthquakes that took place at the Oroville Dam in California's Sierra Nevada foothills in February 2017 -- near the time when the dam's spillway failed -- suggest ... read more

Machine Learning-Detected Signal Predicts Time to Earthquake

Dec. 18, 2018 — Machine-learning research reveals the detection of seismic signals accurately predicting the Cascadia fault's slow slippage, a type of failure observed to precede large earthquakes in other ... read more

Dec. 17, 2018 — Researchers argue in a new study that a paradigm shift is needed for assessing bridges' tsunami ... read more

Dec. 17, 2018 — Researchers conducted a special fire test to learn how to protect steep thatched-roof farmhouses that emerged more than 250 years ago to ruggedly withstand Central Japan's heavy winter ... read more

Historic Earthquakes Test Indonesia's Seismic Hazard Assessment

Dec. 11, 2018 — Using data gleaned from historical reports, researchers have now identified the sources of some of the most destructive Indonesian earthquakes in Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, using these data to ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — Earthquake hazard assessment often overlooks intra-slab earthquakes. EarthScope Transportable Array data for the 2016 Iniskin and Nov. 30, 2018 Anchorage earthquakes in Alaska offer new insight into ... read more

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