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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, 19 Sep 2018 12:49:20 -0600: From crystals to climate: 'Gold standard' timeline links flood basalts to climate change - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Princeton geologists used tiny zircon crystals found in volcanic ash to rewrite the timeline for the eruptions of the Columbia River flood basalts, a series of massive lava flows that coincided with an ancient global warming period 16 million years ago.
- Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:17:13 -0600: Geoscientists find unexpected 'deep creep' near San Andreas, San Jacinto faults - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new analysis of thousands of very small earthquakes in the San Bernardino basin suggests that the unusual deformation of some may be due to 'deep creep' 10 km below the Earth's surface, say geoscientists. They say scientists should not use the information recorded by these small earthquakes to predict loading of the nearby San Andreas and San Jacinto faults.
- Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:45:58 -0600: Most fire in Florida goes undetected - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study indicates that common satellite imaging technologies have vastly underestimated the number of fires in Florida, detecting only 25 percent of burned area.
- Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:27:02 -0600: Fire weather prediction improving - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists have created a new fire-weather prediction tool that works with the same weather models that are used every day in fire weather forecasts, and thus can be applied anywhere in the world, regardless of fuel conditions or topography.
- Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:24:16 -0600: Industry-certified masks offer better protection from volcanic ash exposure - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study finds that industry-certified particle masks are most effective at protecting people from volcanic ash, while commonly used surgical masks offer less protection.
- Thu, 06 Sep 2018 08:04:51 -0600: Volcano under ice sheet suggests thickening of West Antarctic ice is short-term - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Evidence left by a volcano under the ice sheet suggests that the observed bulging of ice in West Antarctica is a short-term feature that may not affect the glacier's motion over the long term.
- Tue, 04 Sep 2018 07:38:38 -0600: New imagery solves mystery of why Mount St. Helens is out of line with other volcanoes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Some of the clearest, most comprehensive images of the top several miles of the Earth's crust have helped scientists solve the mystery of why Mount St. Helens is located outside the main line of the Cascade Arc of volcanoes.
- Tue, 04 Sep 2018 06:20:34 -0600: Natural 'breakdown' of chemicals predicts lung damage in 9/11 firefighters - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Abnormal levels of more than two dozen metabolites -- chemicals produced in the body as it breaks down fats, proteins and carbohydrates -- can reliably predict which Sept. 11 firefighters developed lung disease and which did not, a new analysis shows.
- Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:32:20 -0600: Injection wells can induce earthquakes miles away from the well - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A study of earthquakes induced by injecting fluids deep underground has revealed surprising patterns, suggesting that current recommendations for hydraulic fracturing, wastewater disposal, and geothermal wells may need to be revised.
- Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:37:53 -0600: Earthquakes: Attacking aftershocks - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists are using artificial intelligence technology to analyzed a database of earthquakes from around the world in an effort to predict where aftershocks might occur. Using deep learning algorithms, they developed a system that, while still imprecise, was able to forecast aftershocks significantly better than random assignment.
- Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:39:31 -0600: Wilder wildfires ahead? - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
At roughly 415,000 acres, Northern California's Mendocino Complex Fire is now the state's largest recorded wildfire, surpassing the record held by Santa Barbara and Ventura counties' Thomas Fire, which occurred less than a year before. Roughly 10 other large-scale conflagrations are threatening the state. And California is not yet even at the height of its wildfire season.
- Tue, 28 Aug 2018 10:14:19 -0600: Recommendations aimed at preparing Puerto Rico for hurricane season - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have estimated there were 2,975 excess deaths in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria from September 2017 through the end of February 2018. The researchers also identified gaps in the death certification and public communication processes and went on to make recommendations that will help prepare Puerto Rico for future hurricanes and other natural disasters.
- Mon, 27 Aug 2018 10:13:48 -0600: Geologists uncover new clues about largest mass extinction ever - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study could help explain the driving force behind the largest mass extinction in the history of earth, known as the End-Permian Extinction.
- Mon, 27 Aug 2018 10:12:54 -0600: Wildfire risk doesn't douse housing demand - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Demand for real estate rebounds in high-risk areas within one to two years of a wildfire, a new study finds. Here's what the research may mean for homeowners in California and beyond.
- Fri, 24 Aug 2018 08:11:45 -0600: Smoked out: Researchers develop a new wildfire smoke emissions model - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists have developed an advanced model that can help predict pollution caused by wildfire smoke. The research provides a physical model that can more reliably predict soot and smoke emissions from wildfires over a range of conditions.
- Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:22:52 -0600: Fires overwhelming British Columbia; smoke choking the skies - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
British Columbia is on fire. In this Canadian province, 56 wildfires 'of note' are active and continuing to blow smoke into the skies overhead.
- Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:38:27 -0600: Smartphones may be used to better predict the weather - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A recent study suggests that weather patterns that lead to flash floods may one day be tracked and anticipated by our smartphones.
- Thu, 23 Aug 2018 07:59:52 -0600: Research into deadly 2016 Italian earthquakes could improve future seismic forecasts - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The timing and size of three deadly earthquakes that struck Italy in 2016 may have been pre-determined, according to new research that could improve future earthquake forecasts.
- Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:10:40 -0600: Big data and technology in disasters: Better integration needed for effective response - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Disasters are becoming more commonplace and complex, and the challenges for rescue and humanitarian organizations increase. Increasingly these groups turn to big data to help provide solutions. Researchers wished to examine how ICT tools and big data were being used in disaster responses. By conducting a structured literature search and developing a data extraction tool on the use of ICT and big data during disasters they showed that some important gaps exist which should be part of a future research focus.
- Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:10:37 -0600: A milestone for forecasting earthquake hazards - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers report that their physics-based model of California earthquake hazards replicated estimates from the state's leading statistical model.
- Wed, 22 Aug 2018 08:10:37 -0600: Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo caused in part by Indonesian volcanic eruption - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Electrically charged volcanic ash short-circuited Earth's atmosphere in 1815, causing global poor weather and Napoleon's defeat, says new research.
- Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:52:26 -0600: Steps to keep buildings functioning after natural hazards - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
After an earthquake, hurricane, tornado or other natural hazard, it's considered a win if no one gets hurt and buildings stay standing. But an even bigger victory is possible: keeping those structures operational. This outcome could become more likely with improved standards and codes for the construction of residential and commercial buildings, according to a new report.
- Tue, 21 Aug 2018 07:41:50 -0600: New Antarctic rift data has implications for volcanic evolution - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
New marine geophysical data recorded during two excursions on a French icebreaker enabled researchers to date the ocean floor and calculate the relative motion between the Antarctic Plates and the Australian Plate. This new data revealed that Antarctica fused into one plate around 11 million years ago, roughly 15 million years later than previously assumed.
- Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:42:53 -0600: Michigan meteor could help researchers understand near-Earth object threats - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A meteor explosion was captured by infrasonic microphones and seismometers, offering a rare chance to compare these data with satellite and ground camera images. Scientists used these data to pinpoint the time, location and height of the bolide disintegration, and to calculate an approximate yield for the explosion.
- Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:42:34 -0600: Natural disasters widen racial wealth gap - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Damage caused by natural disasters and recovery efforts launched in their aftermaths have increased wealth inequality between races in the United States, according to new research.
- Mon, 20 Aug 2018 06:52:48 -0600: Nice sunny days can grow into heat waves -- and wildfires: summer weather is stalling - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Stalling summer weather as we are experiencing right now in the Northern hemisphere can turn into 'extreme extremes' from heat to drought, from rain to flood.
- Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:14:44 -0600: Climate change sea level rises could increase risk for more devastating tsunamis worldwide - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The threat of rising sea levels to coastal cities and communities throughout the world is well known, but new findings show the likely increase of flooding farther inland from tsunamis following earthquakes.
- Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:13:26 -0600: Dating the ancient Minoan eruption of Thera using tree rings - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
New analyses that use tree rings could settle the long-standing debate about when the volcano Thera erupted by resolving discrepancies between archeological and radiocarbon methods of dating the eruption, according to new research.
- Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:29:09 -0600: Predicting landslide boundaries two weeks before they happen - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have developed a software tool that uses applied mathematics and big data analytics to predict the boundary of where a landslide will occur, two weeks in advance.
- Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:43:11 -0600: There and back again: Mantle xenon has a story to tell - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Volatiles -- such as water, carbon dioxide and the noble gases -- come out of the earth's interior through volcanism and may be injected into the mantle from the atmosphere, a pair of processes called mantle degassing and regassing. The exchange controls the habitability of the planet. This transport could not have begun much before 2.5 billion years ago, according to new research that also establishes a range of dates during which the Earth shifted to a net regassing regime.
- Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:42:08 -0600: Harmful bacteria thrived in post-Hurricane Harvey floodwaters - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25, 2017, bringing more than 50 inches of rain and extreme flooding to the city of Houston. In addition to wreaking havoc on buildings and infrastructure, urban floodwaters harbor hidden menaces in the form of bacteria that can cause disease. Now, researchers have surveyed the microbes that lurked in Houston floodwaters, both inside and outside of homes.
- Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:49:44 -0600: Oregon has its share of fire storms - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Oregon, one state above California, is also having its share of fire storms and weather concerns. Five large fires/complexes are alight in the southwest corner of the state and all started on the same day with a region-wide lightning storm.
- Tue, 07 Aug 2018 11:32:33 -0600: California's Mendocino complex of fires now largest in state's history - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
California has been dealing with record breaking fires for the past month and they aren't even halfway through their fire season. The Mendocino Complex eclipsed last year's Thomas fire which burned 283,800 acres last December 2017 in Ventura and Santa Barbara.
- Tue, 07 Aug 2018 07:52:03 -0600: Size matters: If you are a bubble of volcanic gas - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The chemical composition of gases emitted from volcanoes -- which are used to monitor changes in volcanic activity -- can change depending on the size of gas bubbles rising to the surface, and relate to the way in which they erupt. The results could be used to improve the forecasting of threats posed by certain volcanoes.
- Mon, 06 Aug 2018 07:52:01 -0600: Earthquakes can be weakened by groundwater - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have found that the presence of pressurized fluid in surrounding rock can reduce the intensity of earthquakes triggered by underground human activities like geothermal energy production.
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