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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, 19 Feb 2019 09:17:07 -0700: Forest fires as an opportunity for ecosystem recovery - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
It is estimated that globally there are more than two million hectares of land in need of restoration. The fires that occurred in those places provided the people who manage them with an opportunity to change, via a suitable process of ecological restoration, the previous bad forestry practices.
- Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:29:22 -0700: Tide gauges capture tremor episodes in cascadian subduction zone - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Hourly water level records collected from tide gauges can be used to measure land uplift caused by episodic tremor and slip of slow earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, according to a new report.
- Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:31:25 -0700: Massive Bolivian earthquake reveals mountains 660 kilometers below our feet - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Geophysicists used data from an enormous earthquake in Bolivia to find mountains at the base of the mantle's transition zone, located 660 kilometers below our feet. Their statistical model didn't allow for precise height measurements, but these mountains may be bigger than anything on the surface of the Earth. The researchers also examined the top of the transition zone (410 km down) and did not find similar roughness.
- Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:46:20 -0700: Satellite images reveal interconnected plumbing system that caused Bali volcano to erupt - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A team of scientists has used satellite technology provided by the European Space Agency to uncover why the Agung volcano in Bali erupted in November 2017 after 50 years of dormancy.
- Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:26:54 -0700: In disasters, Twitter influencers get out-tweeted - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A first-of-its-kind study on Twitter use during 5 of the costliest US natural disasters offers potentially life-saving insights. The research finds that Twitter users with small networks (100-200 followers) increase activity more than those with larger networks in these situations. It also finds that each disaster type (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods) has a unique pattern of social media use. The results have important implications for government and organizations responsible for emergency preparations.
- Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:44:10 -0700: Climate change increases potential for conflict and violence - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Images of extensive flooding or fire-ravaged communities help us see how climate change is accelerating the severity of natural disasters. Researchers say what is not as clear is the indirect effect of these disasters and rapid climate change on violence and aggression. They have identified three ways climate change will increase the likelihood of violence.
- Wed, 13 Feb 2019 07:08:24 -0700: Study calls on feds to invest in local volunteer disaster response, recovery groups - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Data from 2017 Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California natural disasters highlights key collaboration gaps and better ways to save money, time and lives in future disasters. After 2017's record year of billion-dollar disaster events and additional hurricanes and wildfires during 2018, a new study found that inconsistent non-profit resources across different jurisdictions impacted disaster recovery efforts, especially in areas that needed it the most.
- Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:22:18 -0700: Indonesia's devastating 2018 earthquake was a rare supershear, UCLA study finds - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi last September was a rare 'supershear' earthquake, according to a study led by UCLA researchers. Only a dozen supershear quakes have been identified in the past two decades.
- Thu, 07 Feb 2019 08:26:32 -0700: Landslides triggered by Hurricane Maria - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico on 20 September 2017 and triggered more than 40,000 landslides in at least three-fourths of Puerto Rico's 78 municipalities. Researchers write that 'the number of landslides that occurred during this event was two orders of magnitude greater than those reported from previous hurricanes.'
- Tue, 05 Feb 2019 13:10:06 -0700: Dark fiber lays groundwork for long-distance earthquake detection and groundwater mapping - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have turned parts of a 13,000-mile-long testbed of 'dark fiber', unused fiber-optic cable, owned by the DOE Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), into a highly sensitive seismic activity sensor that could potentially augment the performance of earthquake early warning systems currently being developed in the western United States.
- Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:40:15 -0700: Revising the history of big, climate-altering volcanic eruptions - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have developed a new isotopic method to analyze the recent history of large stratospheric volcanic eruptions, using 2,600 years' worth of records contained in ice cores from Antarctica. Stratospheric eruptions can launch sulfate particles more than 6 miles above Earth's surface, where they reflect sunlight and temporarily cool the planet. By understanding the history of big eruptions, researchers can place short cooling episodes and other climate events into the context of large-scale climate patterns.
- Mon, 04 Feb 2019 06:59:36 -0700: MERMAIDs reveal secrets from below the ocean floor - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Floating seismometers dubbed MERMAIDs -- Mobile Earthquake Recording in Marine Areas by Independent Divers -- reveal that Galápagos volcanoes are fed by a mantle plume reaching 1,900 km deep. By letting their nine MERMAIDs float freely for two years, an international team of researchers created an artificial network of oceanic seismometers that could fill in one of the blank areas on the global geologic map, where otherwise no seismic information is available.
- Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:49:48 -0700: Hurricane Katrina's aftermath included spike in heart disease hospitalizations - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease rose precipitously in Orleans and Jefferson parishes after Hurricane Katrina. The increase in rates lasted for more than one month after landfall and rates were higher among the older black population, compared to the older white population.
- Wed, 30 Jan 2019 11:30:37 -0700: Toppled train offers insight into ground motion, origin of 1906 earthquake - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
By mathematically modeling the movements of a locomotive that toppled from the tracks north of San Francisco during the city's infamous 1906 earthquake, researchers have calculated a lower limit on the earthquake ground motion at the spot of the tipped train.
- Tue, 29 Jan 2019 07:37:26 -0700: Earthquake in super slo-mo - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A big earthquake occurred south of Istanbul in the summer of 2016, but it was so slow that nobody noticed. The earthquake, which took place at mid-crustal depth, lasted more than fifty days. Only a novel processing technique applied to data from special borehole strainmeter instruments allowed researchers to identify the ultra-slow quake below the Sea of Marmara.
- Mon, 28 Jan 2019 10:22:41 -0700: Extratropical volcanoes influence climate more than assumed - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 had a significant impact on climate, decreasing global mean temperature by about 0.5°C. Like the famous eruptions of Krakatau (1883) and Tambora (1815), Pinatubo is located in the tropics, which has been considered an important factor underlying its strong climate forcing. New research shows that explosive extratropical eruptions can have a strong impact on the climate too.
- Thu, 24 Jan 2019 06:49:37 -0700: Natural disaster affects children's schooling years later - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study looked at changes in children's academic performance after major bushfires in Australia. The study concluded that children in regions affected significantly by bushfires demonstrated poorer academic outcomes in some subjects than children in regions that were less severely affected by the fires.
- Thu, 24 Jan 2019 06:47:43 -0700: Large volcanic eruption in Scotland may have contributed to prehistoric global warming - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Around 56 million years ago, global temperatures spiked. Researchers now show that a major explosive eruption from the Red Hills on the Isle of Skye may have been a contributing factor to the massive climate disturbance.
- Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:17:17 -0700: Scientists reconstruct ancient lost plates under Andes mountains - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Geologists demonstrate the reconstruction of the subduction of the Nazca Ocean plate, the remnants of which are currently found down to 1,500 kilometers, or about 900 miles, below the Earth's surface. Their results show that the formation of the Andean mountain range was more complicated than previous models suggested.
- Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:50:29 -0700: 'Silent slip' along fault line serves as prelude to big earthquakes, research suggests - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Big earthquakes appear to follow a brief episode of 'shallow mantle creep' and 'seismic swarms,' suggests new research that offers an explanation for the foreshocks observed prior to large temblors.
- Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:45:12 -0700: Near-term climate prediction 'coming of age' - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The quest for climate scientists to be able to bridge the gap between shorter-term seasonal forecasts and long-term climate projections is 'coming of age', a study shows.
- Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:55:18 -0700: Nepal earthquake: Waiting for the complete rupture - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Nepal was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 in 2015, but the country may still face the threat of much stronger temblor. This is the conclusion reached by researchers based on a new model that simulates physical processes of earthquake rupture between the Eurasian and Indian Plates.
- Thu, 10 Jan 2019 08:14:24 -0700: New computer modeling approach could improve understanding of megathrust earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Years before the devastating Tohoku earthquake struck the coast of Japan in 2011, the Earth's crust near the site of the quake was starting to stir. Researchers are using computer models to investigate if tiny tremors detected near this site could be connected to the disaster itself.
- Wed, 09 Jan 2019 09:48:06 -0700: Following Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake, crisis in childhood malnutrition averted - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Despite widespread destruction, including severe agricultural-related losses caused by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, child nutrition remained stable in the hardest hit areas, a new study finds.
- Mon, 07 Jan 2019 08:28:23 -0700: Deep low-frequency earthquakes indicate migration of magmatic fluids beneath Laacher See Volcano - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Magma could rise from the upper mantle into the middle and upper crust beneath the Laacher See Volcano (Germany). The scientists present evidence of deep and low-frequency earthquakes caused by magma movements under the Laacher See Volcano.
- Wed, 26 Dec 2018 11:28:44 -0700: Tree-ring analysis explains physiology behind drought intolerance - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Tree rings tell the story of what's happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research shows.
- Fri, 21 Dec 2018 10:37:06 -0700: Pollutants from wildfires affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometers from impact zone - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The startling extent to which violent wildfires, similar to those that ravaged large swathes of California recently, affect forests and crops way beyond the boundaries of the blaze has been revealed.
- Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:04:13 -0700: Oroville Dam earthquakes in February 2017 related to spillway discharge - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A closer look at small earthquakes that took place at the Oroville Dam in California's Sierra Nevada foothills in February 2017 -- near the time when the dam's spillway failed -- suggest that the seismic activity was related to reservoir discharge that opened and closed fractures in the rock below the spillway.
- Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:30:45 -0700: Machine learning-detected signal predicts time to earthquake - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Machine-learning research reveals the detection of seismic signals accurately predicting the Cascadia fault's slow slippage, a type of failure observed to precede large earthquakes in other subduction zones.
- Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:58:58 -0700: Paradigm shift needed for designing tsunami-resistant bridges - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers argue in a new study that a paradigm shift is needed for assessing bridges' tsunami risk.
- Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:00:43 -0700: A fire-breathing dragon helps fight ember attacks on thatched-roof buildings - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers conducted a special fire test to learn how to protect steep thatched-roof farmhouses that emerged more than 250 years ago to ruggedly withstand Central Japan's heavy winter snowfalls.
- Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:33:17 -0700: Historic earthquakes test Indonesia's seismic hazard assessment - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Using data gleaned from historical reports, researchers have now identified the sources of some of the most destructive Indonesian earthquakes in Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, using these data to independently test how well Indonesia's 2010 and 2017 seismic hazard assessments perform in predicting damaging ground motion.
- Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:24:42 -0700: Alaska earthquakes offer new insight into improving hazard assessment - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Earthquake hazard assessment often overlooks intra-slab earthquakes. EarthScope Transportable Array data for the 2016 Iniskin and Nov. 30, 2018 Anchorage earthquakes in Alaska offer new insight into potential causes of heavy shaking from these intra-slab events.
- Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:57:01 -0700: Media coverage of disasters can have lasting effects on children's mental health - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Disaster communication experts say disaster media coverage can have lasting effects on children's mental health and suggest teachers and parents be prepared to respond to questions during and after a catastrophe.
- Wed, 05 Dec 2018 07:36:36 -0700: Information from citizens could improve flood modelling - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers are working to develop improved methods for flood prevention and warning. A new study points to the potential of an approach that integrates water level data reported by citizens into flood forecasting models.
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