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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.
- Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:58:48 -0600: Satellite observations improve earthquake monitoring, response - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers report data gathered by orbiting satellites can yield more information about destructive earthquakes and can improve aid and humanitarian response efforts. The researchers looked at satellite data from several recent, large-magnitude earthquakes.
- Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:37:24 -0600: Early-season hurricanes result in greater transmission of mosquito-borne infectious disease - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The timing of a hurricane is one of the primary factors influencing its impact on the spread of mosquito-borne infectious diseases such as West Nile Virus, dengue, chikungunya and Zika, according to new research.
- Wed, 12 Jun 2019 12:14:18 -0600: Future tsunamis possible in the Red Sea's Gulf of Elat-Aqaba - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers who took a closer look at a 1995 tsunami in the Gulf of Elat-Aqaba, at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea, say that the gulf's surrounding countries should prepare for future tsunami hazards in the economically developing vital region.
- Wed, 12 Jun 2019 06:43:51 -0600: Models suggest faults are linked through California's Imperial Valley - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
New mechanical modeling of a network of active strike-slip faults in California's Imperial Valley suggests the faults are continuously linked, from the southern San Andreas Fault through the Imperial Fault to the Cerro Prieto fault further to the south of the valley.
- Tue, 11 Jun 2019 11:39:43 -0600: Catalog of north Texas earthquakes confirms continuing effects of wastewater disposal - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A comprehensive catalog of earthquake sequences in Texas's Fort Worth Basin, from 2008 to 2018, provides a closer look at how wastewater disposal from oil and gas exploration has changed the seismic landscape in the basin.
- Fri, 07 Jun 2019 17:37:01 -0600: Dashing the dream of ideal 'invisibility' cloaks for stress waves - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Some have dreamt of the perfect cloak to make buildings impervious to stress waves caused by bombs, earthquakes or other calamities. Sorry, researchers are now dashing the dream. But there's still hope. They also say it's possible to make imperfect, real-world cloaks that will actually do some good by adding significant partial protection against some common earthquake waves.
- Fri, 07 Jun 2019 12:04:46 -0600: Disturbed sleep linked to mental health problems in natural disaster survivors - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Preliminary results from a new study suggest that sleep disturbances are associated with mental health problems among survivors of a natural disaster even two years after the event.
- Fri, 07 Jun 2019 07:10:35 -0600: How tides can trigger earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Some earthquakes along mid-ocean ridges are linked with low tides, but nobody could figure out why. In a new study, researchers have uncovered the mechanism for this seeming paradox, and it comes down to the magma below the mid-ocean ridges.
- Wed, 05 Jun 2019 11:35:11 -0600: Glacial sediments greased the gears of plate tectonics - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The transition to plate tectonics started with the help of lubricating sediments, scraped by glaciers from the slopes of Earth's first continents, according to new research.
- Wed, 05 Jun 2019 08:03:18 -0600: Honey bee colonies down by 16 percent - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
An international survey finds that the number of honey bee colonies fell by 16 percent in the winter of 2017-18 across 38 countries.
- Tue, 04 Jun 2019 11:12:41 -0600: New approach optimizes use of future wave electricity generators during disaster - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
When hurricanes strike, electricity loss ranks as one of the top concerns. New work looks to develop a strategy for how floating devices that harness the energy of ocean waves might be able to provide this much needed aid. Researchers are studying a new approach to supplying electricity that potentially provides a way of optimizing recovery efforts and poses questions about how relief is currently conducted.
- Tue, 04 Jun 2019 08:16:44 -0600: Supercomputing dynamic earthquake rupture models - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Multiple interactions found in postulated network of faults in the Brawley seismic zone in southern California.
- Fri, 31 May 2019 11:58:15 -0600: Community impacts from extreme weather shape climate beliefs - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study finds that how our community or neighborhood fares in an extreme storm or flood may have a stronger, more lasting effect on climate beliefs than individual losses do.
- Wed, 29 May 2019 12:51:07 -0600: Scientists find telling early moment that indicates a coming megaquake - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists combing through databases of earthquakes since the early 1990s have discovered a possible defining moment 10-15 seconds into an event that could signal a magnitude 7 or larger megaquake.
- Tue, 28 May 2019 07:52:58 -0600: Lessons from Pohang: Solving geothermal energy's earthquake problem - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A geothermal energy project triggered a damaging earthquake in 2017 in South Korea. A new analysis suggests flaws in some of the most common ways of trying to minimize the risk of such quakes when harnessing Earth's heat for energy.
- Thu, 23 May 2019 14:11:47 -0600: Aftershocks of 1959 earthquake rocked Yellowstone in 2017-18 - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A swarm of more than 3,000 small earthquakes in the Maple Creek area (in Yellowstone National Park but outside of the Yellowstone volcano caldera) between June 2017 and March 2018 are, at least in part, aftershocks of the 1959 quake.
- Thu, 23 May 2019 08:49:32 -0600: Rare volcanic rocks lift lid on dangers of little-studied eruptions - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Unusual rocks discovered on a remote mountainside have alerted scientists to the dangers posed by a little-studied type of volcano.
- Tue, 21 May 2019 10:46:44 -0600: Lake sediment records reveal recent floods in NW England (UK) unprecedented - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study of UK lake sediment records stretching back over several centuries has found that the floods that hit Northern England in 2009 and 2015 ('Storm Desmond'),were the largest in 600 years, pointing to the impact of climate changes on the frequency and magnitude of these extreme events.
- Mon, 20 May 2019 09:57:09 -0600: Preparing low-income communities for hurricanes begins with outreach - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Governments seeking to help their most vulnerable residents prepare for hurricanes and other disasters should create community-based information campaigns ahead of time, according to a study of economically disadvantaged New Jerseyans in the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.
- Thu, 16 May 2019 09:46:25 -0600: Ritter Island gives new insights into the dynamics of volcanic landslides - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The flanks of many island volcanoes slide very slowly towards the sea. Whether these landslides are forewarnings of a catastrophic collapse or, on the contrary, even reduce its risk, is not yet understood. Geophysicists now show that sporadic, slow landslides on the small volcanic island of Ritter Island in New Guinea preceded a catastrophic collapse.
- Wed, 15 May 2019 12:40:28 -0600: From Earth's deep mantle, scientists find a new way volcanoes form - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Far below Bermuda's pink sand beaches and turquoise tides, geoscientists have discovered the first direct evidence that material from deep within Earth's mantle transition zone -- a layer rich in water, crystals and melted rock -- can percolate to the surface to form volcanoes.
- Wed, 15 May 2019 09:58:31 -0600: Iceland volcano eruption in 1783-84 did not spawn extreme heat wave - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
An enormous volcanic eruption on Iceland in 1783-84 did not cause an extreme summer heat wave in Europe. But, as Benjamin Franklin speculated, the eruption triggered an unusually cold winter, according to a new study. The study will help improve predictions of how the climate will respond to future high-latitude volcanic eruptions.
- Wed, 08 May 2019 07:37:52 -0600: Occurrence of back-to-back heat waves likely to accelerate with climate change - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have provided the first estimation of the potential damage from back-to-back, or compound, heat waves, which the authors found will increase as global warming continues. But government warning systems and health-care outreach do not currently calculate the risks of sequential heat waves. Instead, risk and response are determined by the severity of individual episodes of extreme temperatures.
- Wed, 08 May 2019 07:37:48 -0600: Tsunami signals to measure glacier calving in Greenland - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists have employed a new method utilizing tsunami signals to calculate the calving magnitude of an ocean-terminating glacier in northwestern Greenland, uncovering correlations between calving flux and environmental factors such as air temperature, ice speed, and ocean tides.
- Thu, 02 May 2019 12:33:53 -0600: Fracking: Earthquakes are triggered well beyond fluid injection zones - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Using data from field experiments and computer modeling of ground faults, researchers have discovered that the practice of subsurface fluid injection used in 'fracking' and wastewater disposal for oil and gas exploration could cause significant, rapidly spreading earthquake activity beyond the fluid diffusion zone. The results account for the observation that the frequency of man-made earthquakes in some regions of the country surpass natural earthquake hotspots.
- Wed, 01 May 2019 12:11:08 -0600: Improved risk management for geothermal systems - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists report on a successful attempt to control induced seismicity during the deepest-ever hydraulic stimulation of a geothermal well. In a collaborative effort, researchers from commercial companies, academic institutions and universities, designed and successfully applied a safe stimulation strategy preventing the occurrence of a project-stopping induced earthquake with a magnitude larger than 2.
- Tue, 30 Apr 2019 08:57:38 -0600: Psychologists release results of survey of 'Maria generation' kids - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Psychologists have just published one of the largest post-disaster screening projects in U.S. history. The report measured the magnitude of Hurricane Maria's impact on the mental health of children in Puerto Rico.
- Fri, 26 Apr 2019 11:00:52 -0600: Quick reconnaissance after 2018 Anchorage quake reveals signs of ground failure - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A day after the Nov. 30, 2018, magnitude 7 earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska, US Geological Survey scientists had taken to the skies. The researchers were surveying the region from a helicopter, looking for signs of ground failure from landslides to liquefaction.
- Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:06:03 -0600: What does the future of Kilauea hold? - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Ever since Hawaii's Kilauea stopped erupting in August 2018, ceasing activity for the first time in 35 years, scientists have been wondering about the volcano's future. Its similarities to the Hawaiian seamount Lo`ihi might provide some answers.
- Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:06:01 -0600: Studies link earthquakes to fracking in the Central and Eastern US - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Small earthquakes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas can be linked to hydraulic fracturing wells in those regions, according to researchers.
- Fri, 26 Apr 2019 05:54:29 -0600: Snowmelt causes seismic swarm near California's Long Valley Caldera - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A spring surge of meltwater, seeping through vertically tilted layers of rock, caused a seismic swarm near California's Long Valley Caldera in 2017, according to new research.
- Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:23:44 -0600: Mysterious eruption came from Campi Flegrei caldera - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The caldera-forming eruption of Campi Flegrei (Italy) 40,000 years ago is the largest known eruption in Europe during the last 200,000 years, but little is known about other large eruptions at the volcano prior to a more recent caldera-forming event 15,000 years ago.
- Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:08:08 -0600: NASA, FEMA, international partners plan asteroid impact exercise - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
NASA and other U.S. agencies and space science institutions, along with international partners, will participate in a 'tabletop exercise' that will play out a realistic -- but fictional -- scenario for an asteroid on an impact trajectory with Earth.
- Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:35:46 -0600: Minerals in mountain rivers tell the story of landslide activity upstream - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists have come up with a new way of analyzing sand in mountain rivers to determine the activity of landslides upstream, which has important implications for understanding natural hazards in mountainous regions.
- Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:35:12 -0600: Major deep carbon sink linked to microbes found near volcano chains - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Up to about 19% more carbon dioxide than previously believed is removed naturally and stored underground between coastal trenches and inland chains of volcanoes, keeping the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere, according to a new study.
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