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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.
- Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:23:48 -0600: Deep magma facilitates the movement of tectonic plates - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A small amount of molten rock located under tectonic plates encourages them to move. This is what scientists have recently discovered. Their new model takes into account not only the velocity of seismic waves but also the way in which they are attenuated by the medium they pass through. The velocity of tectonic plates near the surface is thus directly correlated with the quantity of magma present.
- Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:05:14 -0600: New evidence for geologically recent earthquakes near Portland, Oregon metro area - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A paleoseismic trench dug across the Gales Creek fault, located about 35 kilometers (roughly 22 miles) west of Portland, Oregon, documents evidence for three surface-rupturing earthquakes that took place about 8,800, 4,200 and 1,000 years ago.
- Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:14:03 -0600: Lost and found: Geologists 'resurrect' missing tectonic plate - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A team of geologists believes they have found the lost plate known as Resurrection in northern Canada by using existing mantle tomography images.
- Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:30:49 -0600: Ground-breaking discovery finally proves rain really can move mountains - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A pioneering technique which captures precisely how mountains bend to the will of raindrops has helped solve a long-standing scientific enigma.
- Fri, 16 Oct 2020 08:09:30 -0600: Stressed out volcanoes more likely to collapse and erupt - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
An international study has discovered how volcanoes experience stress. The study has implications for how the world might be better protected against future volcano collapses.
- Thu, 15 Oct 2020 11:42:15 -0600: Deep learning artificial intelligence keeps an eye on volcano movements - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Radar satellites can collect massive amounts of remote sensing data that can detect ground movements -- surface deformations -- at volcanoes in near real time. These ground movements could signal impending volcanic activity and unrest; however, clouds and other atmospheric and instrumental disturbances can introduce significant errors in those ground movement measurements. Now, researchers have used artificial intelligence (AI) to clear up that noise, drastically facilitating and improving near real-time observation of volcanic movements and the detection of volcanic activity and unrest.
- Tue, 13 Oct 2020 13:08:12 -0600: Mathematical tools predict if wave-energy devices stay afloat in the ocean - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Ocean waves represent an abundant source of renewable energy. But to best use this natural resource, wave-energy converters need to be capable of physically handling ocean waves of different strengths without capsizing.
- Tue, 13 Oct 2020 11:43:14 -0600: Without the North American monsoon, reining in wildfires gets harder - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
New research shows that while winter rains can temper the beginning of the wildfire season, monsoon rains are what shut them down. This monsoon season was the second-driest on record, leaving Southern Arizona dry and vulnerable.
- Tue, 13 Oct 2020 10:41:43 -0600: Magnitude comparison distinguishes small earthquakes from chemical explosions in US west - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
By comparing two magnitude measurements for seismic events recorded locally, researchers can tell whether the event was a small earthquake or a single-fire buried chemical explosion.
- Tue, 13 Oct 2020 08:16:32 -0600: Act now on wildfires, global climate change, human health, study says - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Immediate actions are needed to limit the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change that helps fuel wildfires, a new study says.
- Tue, 13 Oct 2020 08:16:30 -0600: Scientist gains fresh insight into the origins of earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The speed and intensity with which seismic waves propagate after an earthquake depend mainly on forces occurring deep inside the rocks along a fault line, according to a new study. His sophisticated models are giving us fresh insight into the factors that can trigger an earthquake.
- Thu, 08 Oct 2020 08:42:39 -0600: Shack fires move with devastating speed, large-scale experiment shows - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
An experiment showed that a fire spreading through an informal settlement can destroy twenty shacks (informal houses) in five minutes.
- Wed, 07 Oct 2020 10:30:27 -0600: Unusually shallow earthquake ruptures in Chinese fracking field - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
An unusually shallow earthquake triggered by hydraulic fracturing in a Chinese shale gas field could change how experts view the risks of fracking for faults that lie very near the Earth's surface.
- Thu, 01 Oct 2020 18:02:42 -0600: Research may curb economic losses to power plants after earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Sitting atop power transformers are bushing systems that play a critical role in supplying communities with electricity. However, these objects are also susceptible to breaking during earthquakes. Once damaged, bushings can cause widespread outages and burden a state with expensive repairs.
- Thu, 01 Oct 2020 09:36:28 -0600: Earthquake forecasting clues unearthed in strange precariously balanced rocks - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Naturally formed balancing boulders could be used to help scientists to forecast large earthquakes more precisely.
- Tue, 29 Sep 2020 15:34:07 -0600: New fire containment research addresses risk and safety - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers address new ways to assess risks and evaluate fire fighting effectiveness.
- Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:57:46 -0600: The Arctic is burning in a whole new way - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
'Zombie fires' and burning of fire-resistant vegetation are new features driving Arctic fires -- with strong consequences for the global climate -- warn international fire scientists.
- Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:05:00 -0600: The testimony of trees: How volcanic eruptions shaped 2000 years of world history - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have shown that over the past two thousand years, volcanoes have played a larger role in natural temperature variability than previously thought, and their climatic effects may have contributed to past societal and economic change.
- Fri, 25 Sep 2020 09:36:40 -0600: How earthquake swarms arise - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new fault simulator maps out how interactions between pressure, friction and fluids rising through a fault zone can lead to slow-motion quakes and seismic swarms.
- Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:16:05 -0600: Driven by climate, more frequent, severe wildfires in Cascade Range reshape forests - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
New research found that while the increased wildfire activity is causing widespread changes in the structure and composition of these mid-to-high elevation forests, the new landscapes are also likely more resilient to projected upward trends in future fire activity and climate conditions.
- Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:47:36 -0600: Flood risks: More accurate data due to COVID-19 - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Emerging use of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) makes it possible to continuously measure shallow changes in elevation of Earth surface. A study now shows that the quality of these measurements may have improved significantly during the pandemic, at least at some stations. The results show which factors should be considered in the future when installing GPS antennas.
- Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:43:12 -0600: Seismic data explains continental collision beneath Tibet - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
New imagery reveals the causes of seismic activity deep beneath the Himalaya region, contributing to an ongoing debate over the continental collision process when two tectonic plates crash into each other.
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:50:50 -0600: Undersea earthquakes shake up climate science - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Sound generated by seismic events on the seabed can be used to determine the temperature of Earth's warming oceans.
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:45:26 -0600: Indian monsoon can be predicted better after volcanic eruptions - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Large volcanic eruptions can help to forecast the monsoon over India - the seasonal rainfall that is key for the country's agriculture and thus for feeding one billion people. As erratic as they are, volcanic eruptions improve the predictability, a research team now finds. What seems to be a paradox is in fact due to a stronger coupling between the monsoon over large parts of South and South-East Asia and the El Niño phenomenon after an eruption.
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:55:15 -0600: Wildfire on the rise since 1984 in Northern California's coastal ranges - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
High-severity wildfires in northern coastal California have been increasing by about 10 percent per decade since 1984, according to a new study.
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:54:13 -0600: Formation of the Alps: Detaching and uplifting, not bulldozing - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have used a computer model to test a new hypothesis about the formation of the Alps while simulating seismic activity in Switzerland. This will help improve current earthquake risk models.
- Mon, 14 Sep 2020 15:29:31 -0600: Ancient volcanoes once boosted ocean carbon, but humans are now far outpacing them - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study of an ancient period that is considered the closest natural analog to the era of modern human carbon emissions has found that massive volcanism sent great waves of carbon into the oceans over thousands of years -- but that nature did not come close to matching what humans are doing today.
- Fri, 11 Sep 2020 18:00:08 -0600: Ancient earthquake may have caused destruction of Canaanite palace at Tel Kabri - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have uncovered new evidence that an earthquake may have caused the destruction and abandonment of a flourishing Canaanite palatial site about 3,700 years ago.
- Fri, 11 Sep 2020 09:08:09 -0600: Volcanic ash may have a bigger impact on the climate than we thought - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Volcanic ash shuts down air traffic and can sicken people. But a new study suggests that it may also be more important for Earth's climate than scientists once thought.
- Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:04:10 -0600: People are behind costly, increasing risk of wildfire to millions of homes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
People are starting almost all the wildfires that threaten US homes, according to an innovative new analysis combining housing and wildfire data. Through activities like debris burning, equipment use and arson, humans were responsible for igniting 97% of home-threatening wildfires, researchers report.
- Thu, 10 Sep 2020 10:01:12 -0600: Understanding Earth's 'deep-carbon cycle' - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
New geologic findings about the makeup of the Earth's mantle are helping scientists better understand long-term climate stability and even how seismic waves move through the planet's layers.
- Thu, 10 Sep 2020 07:00:14 -0600: Rebirth of a volcano - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Continued volcanic activity after the collapse of a volcano has not been documented in detail so far. Now and for the first time, researchers are presenting the results of a photogrammetric data series spanning seven decades for the Bezymianny volcano, Kamchatka.
- Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:33:26 -0600: Superheated rocks deep underground help explain earthquake patterns - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
By researching tremors under the infamous San Andreas Fault, scientists are seeking out what's brewing beneath a quake's surface.
- Wed, 02 Sep 2020 14:17:03 -0600: Insights into behavior during Chimney Tops 2 Fire could improve evacuation planning - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
To understand what motivates people to evacuate during a wildfire, researchers surveyed affected residents. Their analysis of the responses identified key factors at play, including risk perception, gender, warnings from trusted sources, and evacuation plans.
- Fri, 28 Aug 2020 18:49:44 -0600: Natural disasters must be unusual or deadly to prompt local climate policy change - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Natural disasters alone are not enough to motivate local communities to engage in climate change mitigation or adaptation, a new study has found. Rather, policy change in response to extreme weather events appears to depend on a combination of factors, including fatalities, sustained media coverage, the unusualness of the event and the political makeup of the community.
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