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ScienceDaily: Natural Disaster News

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.

  • Tue, 12 Oct 2021 13:47:34 -0600: Quantum phase transition detected on a global scale deep inside the Earth - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A multidisciplinary team of materials physicists and geophysicists combine theoretical predictions, simulations, and seismic tomography to find spin transition in the Earth's mantle. Their findings will improve understanding of the Earth's interior, and help elucidate the impact of this phenomenon on tectonic events including volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
  • Tue, 12 Oct 2021 09:22:36 -0600: How to better identify dangerous volcanoes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The more water is dissolved in the magma, the greater the risk that a volcano will explode. A new study now shows that this simple rule is only partially true. Paradoxically, high water content significantly reduces the risk of explosion.
  • Tue, 12 Oct 2021 09:22:33 -0600: Wildfires affect cave diversity underneath scorched surfaces - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The landscape at Lava Beds National Monument in northern California is typically home to sage and junipers, with unique lava caves twisting underneath the surface. But in the summers of 2020 and 2021, wildfires tore through the region, burning thousands of acres and leaving the surface charred.
  • Tue, 12 Oct 2021 07:50:45 -0600: ‘Pet prep’ could be key to disaster survival - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers have discovered most pet owners have inadequate plans for their pets if a natural disaster strikes -- but disaster response planners may be able to turn this into a positive.
  • Fri, 08 Oct 2021 14:05:16 -0600: Evacuation during and after the 2018 Montecito debris flow - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A new study speaks to the importance of public awareness programs in keeping residents -- and emergency management offices -- informed about rare but potentially lethal natural events in their area.
  • Fri, 08 Oct 2021 08:56:46 -0600: Low-cost, continuous seismic monitoring system to support emission reduction efforts - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers have developed a continuous seismic monitoring system that could monitor multiple geothermal or carbon storage reservoirs over a relatively large area in real time. A small seismic source generates repeated 'chirps,' which can be detected by fiber-optic cables within a radius of 80 km from the source. Field experiments showed that temporal changes in monitored reservoirs were captured with high accuracy.
  • Wed, 06 Oct 2021 09:27:18 -0600: Earth’s ‘solid’ inner core may contain both mushy and hard iron - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    New research suggests that Earth's 'solid' inner core is, in fact, endowed with a range of liquid, soft, and hard structures which vary across the top 150 miles of the inner core.
  • Mon, 04 Oct 2021 11:05:42 -0600: Wildfire bees on the brink - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The number of threatened Australian native bee species is expected to increase by nearly five times after the devastating Black Summer bushfires in 2019-20, new research has found. With 24 million hectares of Australia's land area burnt, researchers say the casualties are clear among bee fauna and other insects and invertebrates after studying 553 species (about one-third of Australia's known bee species) to assess the long-term environmental damage from the natural disaster.
  • Thu, 30 Sep 2021 12:37:32 -0600: Seismic forensics and its importance for early warning - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The catastrophic rockslide of February 7, 2021, in India's Dhauli Ganga Valley and the subsequent flood killed at least a hundred people and destroyed two hydroelectric power plants. Researchers traced the disaster minute by minute using data from a network of seismometers. The team posits that seismic networks could be used to establish an early warning system for high mountain regions.
  • Tue, 28 Sep 2021 08:22:45 -0600: Structural characterization offshore Newfoundland - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Geologists completed research characterizing the complex geological evolution of the Orphan Basin, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, using an extensive database of newly available, modern 2D and 3D broadband seismic reflection data. These data allow geologists to visualize and understand the subsurface.
  • Tue, 21 Sep 2021 11:43:42 -0600: 'Beach ball' representations calculated for US underground nuclear tests can aid monitoring - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers have calculated moment tensors for 130 underground nuclear and 10 chemical test explosions that took place at the Nevada National Security test site.
  • Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:51:17 -0600: Limiting the impacts of technology materials for the low carbon transition - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers have demonstrated how a detailed 'cradle to grave' evaluation at the outset of new metal mining explorations can greatly mitigate against negative environmental impacts.
  • Thu, 16 Sep 2021 09:45:36 -0600: AI system identifies buildings damaged by wildfire - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A deep learning approach to classifying buildings with wildfire damage may help responders focus their recovery efforts and offer more immediate information to displaced residents.
  • Tue, 14 Sep 2021 16:47:41 -0600: What lies beneath: Volcanic secrets revealed - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Lava samples have revealed a new truth about the geological make-up of the Earth's crust and could have implications for volcanic eruption early warning systems, a new study has found.
  • Mon, 13 Sep 2021 11:48:55 -0600: Compound hazards pose increased risk to highly populated regions in the Himalayas - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Urbanization trends in the Himalaya are exposing more people to risk from compound hazards such as flooding, landslides and wildfires, a new study has found.
  • Fri, 10 Sep 2021 15:27:47 -0600: Past fires may hold key to reducing severity of future wildfires in western US - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Previous fires may hold the key to predicting and reducing the severity of future wildfires in the western United States as fire activity continues to increase, according to researchers.
  • Fri, 10 Sep 2021 15:27:41 -0600: Study explores link between earthquakes, rainfall and food insecurity in Nepal - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The effects of monsoon rainfall on food insecurity in Nepal vary by earthquake exposure, with regions that experienced both heavy earthquake shaking and abundant rainfall more likely to have an inadequate supply of nutritious food, according to new research.
  • Thu, 09 Sep 2021 10:40:12 -0600: Large herbivore can reduce fire risks - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The use of large herbivores can be an effective means to prevent and mitigate wildfires, especially in places facing land abandonment. They can replace much more costly solutions like firefighting or mechanical vegetation removal.
  • Wed, 08 Sep 2021 16:06:30 -0600: Firefighter exposure to wildfire smoke compounds varies, depending on duties - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Every summer, wildfires rage across the western U.S., and wildland firefighters are tasked with putting them out. But in the process, they inhale smoke and all the compounds in it, which can be harmful at high amounts. Now, researchers have evaluated the presence of particulate matter and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) around firefighters actively combating blazes, finding the highest exposures among hotshot crews and those creating firebreaks.
  • Tue, 07 Sep 2021 14:06:25 -0600: Officials leading hurricane response need ‘risk literacy’ - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    New research shows that the most numerate officials were almost twice as likely as less numerate ones to provide additional evacuation times to their coastal communities during a hurricane. Less numerate ones, on the other hand, gave their communities less advance warning, and when they finally did issue evacuations, over-evacuated tens of thousands more people.
  • Fri, 03 Sep 2021 06:59:00 -0600: Threat of catastrophic supervolcano eruptions is ever-present - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Scientists have studied an ancient supervolcano in Indonesia and found such volcanoes remain active and hazardous for thousands of years after a super-eruption, prompting the need for a rethink of how these potentially catastrophic events are predicted.
  • Thu, 02 Sep 2021 10:51:08 -0600: Researchers identify new source for earthquakes and tsunamis in the Greater Tokyo Region - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers have discovered geologic evidence that unusually large earthquakes and tsunamis from the Tokyo region -- located near tectonic plate boundaries that are recognized as a seismic hazard source -- may be traceable to a previously unconsidered plate boundary.
  • Thu, 26 Aug 2021 09:17:24 -0600: Volcanic eruptions may have spurred first 'whiffs' of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A new analysis of 2.5-billion-year-old rocks from Australia finds that volcanic eruptions may have stimulated population surges of marine microorganisms, creating the first puffs of oxygen into the atmosphere. This would change existing stories of Earth's early atmosphere, which assumed that most changes in the early atmosphere were controlled by geologic or chemical processes.
  • Wed, 25 Aug 2021 12:30:43 -0600: Pictograms are first written accounts of earthquakes in pre-Hispanic Mexico - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The Codex Telleriano Remensis, created in the 16th century in Mexico, depicts earthquakes in pictograms that are the first written evidence of earthquakes in the Americas in pre-Hispanic times, according to a pair of researchers who have systematically studied the country's historical earthquakes.
  • Tue, 24 Aug 2021 10:10:28 -0600: How do wind turbines respond to winds, ground motion during earthquakes? - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Wind power has experienced fast growth within China during the past decade, but many wind farms are being built within regions of high seismic activity. Researchers are now exploring the dynamic behaviors of wind turbines subjected to combined wind-earthquake loading. The group discovered that changes in the wind increase and decrease the response amplitude of the wind turbine under weak and strong earthquakes, respectively.
  • Mon, 23 Aug 2021 15:01:05 -0600: Tree rings from old growth Douglas-firs on the Oregon Coast show evidence of 1700 tsunami - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Core samples taken from a stand of old growth Douglas-fir trees in the South Beach area just south of Newport showed reduced growth following the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck the Pacific Northwest in 1700.
  • Thu, 19 Aug 2021 09:30:15 -0600: Landslide disaster risk in the Kivu Rift is linked to deforestation and population growth - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    New research shows how deforestation and population growth have greatly impacted landslide risk in the Kivu Rift. This is what researchers established from an analysis of six decades of forest cover and population trends in the region.
  • Thu, 12 Aug 2021 08:34:22 -0600: Slow and regular earthquakes interact near Istanbul - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Earthquakes typically last only a few seconds, although sometimes the shifts in the subsurface occur in slow motion. Understanding these 'slow quakes', known as 'slow slip events', and their interplay with the short - sometimes violent - tremors is critically important to define the seismic hazard and subsequent risk.
  • Thu, 12 Aug 2021 06:27:05 -0600: Climate change will transform cooling effects of volcanic eruptions - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers have shown that human-caused climate change will have important consequences for how volcanic gases interact with the atmosphere.
  • Wed, 11 Aug 2021 09:31:42 -0600: Anatomy of an earthquake series - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A new study focuses on the 2013 seismic sequence at the Castor platform of a former oil field, about 20 km offshore the coast of Valencia, Spain. During the initial phase of the development of a gas storage facility in the former oil field, thousands of earthquakes with magnitudes below 4.1 took place after the injection of gas into the depleted layers of the reservoir.
  • Tue, 10 Aug 2021 12:30:47 -0600: How does a flood become a disaster? - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    What are the causes, patterns and effects of disastrous river flood? An international group of researchers has investigated this question in a recent review article. The short answer: It's complicated. What is certain, however, is that there is an opposing trend of property damage and personal injury. Since the 1990s, the number of fatalities from river floods has declined worldwide, but the amount of damage has risen sharply. The researchers attribute the decline in casualties to improved flood warning, technical protection measures and heightened hazard awareness.
  • Mon, 09 Aug 2021 12:41:29 -0600: Why middle-class residents want to stay put after floodwaters recede - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Flood disasters like Hurricane Harvey lead some people to move far from the places they had called home. But a new study finds that middle-class people who made long-term plans to stay in their neighborhoods before they flooded are less likely to relocate even if they suffered significant damage.
  • Fri, 06 Aug 2021 08:43:42 -0600: Minor volcanic eruptions could ‘cascade’ into global catastrophe - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers call for a shift in focus away from risks of 'super-volcanic' eruptions and towards likelier scenarios of smaller eruptions in key global 'pinch points' creating devastating domino effects.
  • Thu, 05 Aug 2021 09:55:30 -0600: Solving solar puzzle could help save Earth from planet-wide blackouts - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Understanding the Sun's magnetic dynamo could help predict solar weather, such as potentially dangerous geothermal storms, solar flares and sunspots. Mathematicians have proposed a new model of the Sun that matches observed data.
  • Mon, 02 Aug 2021 09:50:19 -0600: Sea levels influence eruptions on volcanic island - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The rise and fall of sea levels influence the likelihood of volcanic eruptions on the Greek island of Santorini, new research has discovered. Analyzing the timings of eruptions over hundreds of thousands of years, the researchers found that a 40 meter fall in sea level is a crucial point beyond which eruptions are more likely to occur. The findings could have implications for millions of people living on volcanic islands around the world.

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