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Natural Disaster News and Research. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, tsunamis and other natural disasters. Research past events, review predictions by scientists and learn how disaster relief can be most effective.

  • Mon, 27 Jan 2020 05:52:57 -0700: Seismic biomarkers in Japan Trench fault zone reveal history of large earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers used a novel technique to study the faults in the Japan Trench, the subduction zone where the magnitude 9.1 Tohoku-Oki earthquake struck in 2011. Their findings reveal a long history of large earthquakes in this fault zone, where they found multiple faults with evidence of more than 10 meters of slip during large earthquakes.
  • Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:59:11 -0700: Evidence to explain behavior of slow earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A team of researchers has made an important breakthrough that will help better understand the origin and behavior of slow earthquakes. Their work presents unprecedented evidence that slow earthquakes are related to dynamic fluid processes at the boundary between tectonic plates. These slow earthquakes are quite complex, and many theoretical models of slow earthquakes require the pressure of these fluids to fluctuate during an earthquake cycle.
  • Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:49:17 -0700: Complex rupturing during 2019 Ridgecrest, California, sequence - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake sequence, which startled nearby California residents over the 4 July holiday with magnitude 6.4 and magnitude 7.1 earthquakes, included 34,091 earthquakes overall, detailed in a high-resolution catalog created for the sequence.
  • Wed, 22 Jan 2020 06:05:15 -0700: Human-sparked fires smaller, less intense but more frequent with longer seasons - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Fires started by people have steadily increased in recent decades, sparking a major shift in U.S. wildfire norms, according to a new study. The research found human-caused wildfires are more frequent, smaller, less hot and occur over longer seasons than fires started by lightning.
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 06:08:29 -0700: 'Melting rock' models predict mechanical origins of earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Engineers have devised a model that can predict the early mechanical behaviors and origins of an earthquake in multiple types of rock. The model provides new insights into unobservable phenomena that take place miles beneath the Earth's surface under incredible pressures and temperatures, and could help researchers better predict earthquakes -- or even, at least theoretically, attempt to stop them.
  • Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:17:08 -0700: In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid -- not volcanoes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international team of researchers. It was all about the asteroid.
  • Wed, 15 Jan 2020 14:40:15 -0700: Slow-motion interplate slip detected in the Nankai Trough near Japan - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers used a Global Navigation Satellite System-Acoustic ranging combination technique to detect signals due to slow slip events in the Nankai Trough with seafloor deformations of 5 cm or more and durations on the order of one year. These events generally occurred on the shallow sides of regions with strong interplate coupling and represent variations in interplate friction conditions, which may help simulate the occurrence of megathrust earthquakes originating from this subduction zone and contribute earthquake disaster prevention.
  • Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:40:46 -0700: No need to dig too deep to find gold! - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Why are some porphyry deposits rich in copper while others contain gold? A researcher investigated how the metals are accumulated over the time duration of a mineralizing event and discover that the depth of the deposits influences the quantity of metals produced and that over 95% of the gold is lost to the atmosphere. The deeper a deposit is, the more copper there will be, while gold-rich deposits are closer to the surface.
  • Tue, 14 Jan 2020 05:40:46 -0700: Climate change increases the risk of wildfires confirms new review - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Human-induced climate change promotes the conditions on which wildfires depend, increasing their likelihood -- according to a review of research on global climate change and wildfire risk.
  • Fri, 10 Jan 2020 08:10:29 -0700: Global warming is the kindling that caused extensive wildfire - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers identified Arctic Oscillation as the cause for the recent wildfires in Siberia. Their study forecasts wildfire activity in spring, helping to prevent carbon release and global warming.
  • Thu, 09 Jan 2020 08:55:33 -0700: Scientists use ancient marine fossils to unravel long-standing climate puzzle - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Scientists have shed new light on the Earth's climate behavior during the last known period of global warming over 14 million years ago.
  • Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:03:02 -0700: Helping land managers take risk-analysis approach to new wildfire reality - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    New digital tools will enable land managers to better adapt to the new reality of large wildfires through analytics that guide planning and suppression across jurisdictional boundaries that fires typically don't adhere to.
  • Tue, 07 Jan 2020 08:49:42 -0700: Magnitude of Great Lisbon Earthquake may have been lower than previous estimates - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The magnitude of the Great Lisbon Earthquake event, a historic and devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Portugal on All Saints' Day in 1755, may not be as high as previously estimated.
  • Mon, 06 Jan 2020 10:51:27 -0700: Formation of a huge underwater volcano offshore the Comoros - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A new submarine volcano was formed off the island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean in 2018. This was shown by an oceanographic campaign in May 2019. Now an international team has illuminated the processes deep inside the Earth before and during the formation of the new volcano.
  • Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:23:50 -0700: Scientists find iron 'snow' in Earth's core - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The Earth's inner core is hot, under immense pressure and 'snow'-capped, according to new research that could help scientists better understand forces that affect the entire planet. The snow is made of tiny particles of iron that fall from the molten outer core and pile on top of the inner core.
  • Wed, 18 Dec 2019 13:34:23 -0700: Human management helps rare plants, butterflies survive hurricane - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Ongoing habitat management could help prevent hurricane-driven extinctions. A rare Florida plant, the pineland croton, weathered the damage from Hurricane Irma better in plots that were under human management than those left alone.
  • Wed, 18 Dec 2019 07:02:20 -0700: Submarine cables to offshore wind farms transformed into a seismic network - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A fiber optic network in the North Sea was used to record seismicity.
  • Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:46:32 -0700: Harnessing nature's defences against tsunamis - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    As sea levels rise and adverse weather events become more common, vulnerable coastal communities are at increasing risk of devastation from storm surges and tsunamis. The death toll from tsunamis was 260,000 during the past century. A research team has now compared the effects of human-made and ecosystem protection to propose an approach including mangroves and coral reefs in coastal protection.
  • Tue, 10 Dec 2019 15:19:30 -0700: Reducing wildfire risks for better management and resource allocation - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Managing future wildfire risk requires an interface between human decision processes and knowledge about climate trends related to fire, as well as humans' abilities to anticipate wildfire potential and mitigation approaches are critical.
  • Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:20:03 -0700: Community characteristics shape climate change discussions after extreme weather - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Political affiliations, the presence of local environmental organizations and prior local media coverage of climate change play a role in how a community reacts to an extreme weather event, according to new research.
  • Mon, 09 Dec 2019 09:05:07 -0700: Volcano F is the origin of pumice-rafts near Australia - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Since August a large accumulation of pumice has been drifting in the Southwest Pacific towards Australia. Researchers have now identified the origin of this pumice raft. It is a so far nameless underwater volcano in Tongan waters.
  • Sat, 07 Dec 2019 05:35:39 -0700: Closing critical gap in weather forecasting - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Scientists working on the next frontier of weather forecasting are hoping that weather conditions 3-to-4 weeks out will soon be as readily available as seven-day forecasts. Having this type of weather information--called subseasonal forecasts--in the hands of the public and emergency managers can provide the critical lead time necessary to prepare for natural hazards like heat waves or the next polar vortex.
  • Wed, 04 Dec 2019 13:28:42 -0700: Atmospheric river storms create $1 billion-a-year flood damage - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers found that flooding has caused nearly $51 billion in damages to western states in the last 40 years. More than 84 percent of these damages were caused by atmospheric rivers (ARs), long narrow corridors of water vapor in the atmosphere capable of carrying more than twice the volume of the Amazon river through the sky.
  • Wed, 04 Dec 2019 12:57:44 -0700: Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers have created the first comprehensive database of all the wildfire fuels that have been measured across North America. Ultimately, it can help scientists make more informed decisions about fire and smoke situations.
  • Wed, 04 Dec 2019 10:45:43 -0700: New, young volcano discovered in the Pacific - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers have discovered a new petit-spot volcano at the oldest section of the Pacific Plate.
  • Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:32:23 -0700: Seismologists see future in fiber optic cables as earthquake sensors - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Each hair-thin glass fiber in a buried fiber optic cable contains tiny internal flaws -- and that's a good thing for scientists looking for new ways to collect seismic data in places from a busy urban downtown to a remote glacier.
  • Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:38:45 -0700: Southern Arizona once looked like Tibet - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A new study determined that the Earth's crust in southern Arizona was once almost 60 kilometers thick, which is twice as thick as it is today -- and comparable to how thick the crust is in parts of the Himalayas.
  • Thu, 28 Nov 2019 15:23:54 -0700: Underwater telecom cables make superb seismic network - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Photonic systems can transform underwater fiber-optic cables into a dense network of seismic stations to illuminate ocean-floor earthquake zones impossible to study today, according to a new study. The scientists turned 20 kilometers of cable around the underwater San Gregorio Fault system in Monterey Bay into an array of some 10,000 seismic sensors by interferometrically measuring backscattered light caused by strain along the cable.
  • Tue, 26 Nov 2019 07:13:13 -0700: Extra-terrestrial impacts may have triggered 'bursts' of plate tectonics - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    When -- and how -- Earth's surface evolved from a hot, primordial mush into a rocky planet continually resurfaced by plate tectonics remain some of the biggest unanswered questions in earth science research. Now a new study suggests this earthly transition may in fact have been triggered by extra-terrestrial impacts.
  • Mon, 25 Nov 2019 12:55:40 -0700: Living at the edge of an active volcano: Risk from lava flows on Mount Etna - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    On Mt. Etna volcano, inhabited areas have been inundated repeatedly by lava flows in historical times. The increasing exposure of a larger population, which has almost tripled in the area around Mt. Etna during the last 150 years, has resulted from on a poor assessment of the volcanic hazard and risk, allowing inappropriate land use in vulnerable areas.
  • Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:33:07 -0700: New technology developed to improve forecasting of Earthquakes, Tsunamis - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Geoscientists have successfully developed and tested a new high-tech shallow water buoy that can detect the small movements and changes in the Earth's seafloor that are often a precursor to deadly natural hazards.
  • Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:28:07 -0700: NASA space data can cut disaster response times, costs - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    According to a new study, emergency responders could cut costs and save time by using near-real-time satellite data along with other decision-making tools after a flooding disaster.
  • Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:17:45 -0700: Life under extreme conditions at hot springs in the ocean - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Marine researchers decipher adaptation mechanisms of biological communities to an active volcano in Taiwan.
  • Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:25:23 -0700: Evidence of two earthquakes extends rupture history in Grand Tetons National Park - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Hand-dug trenches around Leigh Lake in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming reveal evidence for a previously unknown surface-faulting earthquake in along the Teton Fault -- one occurring about 10,000 years ago.
  • Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:55:03 -0700: Huge tsunami hit Oman 1,000 years ago - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    15-meter high waves that pushed boulders the weight of a Leopard tank inland: This is more or less how one can imagine the tsunami that hit the coast of today's Sultanate of Oman about 1,000 years ago, as concluded by a recent study. The findings also show how urgently the region needs a well-functioning early warning system.

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