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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, 27 May 2020 13:01:57 -0600: New clues to deep earthquake mystery - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new understanding of our planet's deepest earthquakes could help unravel one of the most mysterious geophysical processes on Earth.
- Wed, 27 May 2020 10:33:34 -0600: Study finds a (much) earlier birth date for tectonic plates - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Geophysicists reported that Earth's ever-shifting, underground network of tectonic plates was firmly in place more than 4 billion years ago -- at least a billion years earlier than scientists generally thought.
- Wed, 27 May 2020 08:50:36 -0600: Volcanic eruptions reduce global rainfall - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists have identified the mechanism behind the reduction in precipitation after volcanic eruptions. Volcano-induced El Nino amplifies the reduction in precipitation. Safety of geoengineering that mimics volcanoes is not guaranteed.
- Tue, 26 May 2020 15:38:21 -0600: Designing a flexible material to protect buildings, military personnel - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Shake, rattle and roll. Even though they are miles from the epicenter of an earthquake, buildings can collapse due to how an earthquake energy makes the ground shake and rattle. Now, a team of engineers has designed a flexible material that can help buildings withstand multiple waves of energy traveling through a solid material, including the simultaneous forward and backward and side-to-side motions found in earthquakes.
- Mon, 25 May 2020 09:56:49 -0600: How drones can monitor explosive volcanoes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Due to high risk for researchers, the imaging of active volcanoes has so far been a great challenge in volcanology. Scientists used a drone for a series of repeated survey flights with optical and thermal imaging cameras at the Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala. A regular and systematic survey of dangerous volcanoes with drones seems to be close.
- Wed, 20 May 2020 11:16:49 -0600: New technique separates industrial noise from natural seismic signals - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
For the first time, seismologists can characterize signals as a result of some industrial human activity on a continent-wide scale using cloud computing.
- Mon, 18 May 2020 14:26:55 -0600: Unknown submarine landslides discovered in Gulf of Mexico - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A researcher has used new detection methods to identify 85 previously unknown submarine landslides that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico between 2008 and 2015, leading to questions about the stability of oil rigs and other structures, such as pipelines built in the region.
- Thu, 14 May 2020 14:42:31 -0600: Largest and hottest shield volcano on Earth - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers revealed the largest and hottest shield volcano on Earth. A team of volcanologists and ocean explorers used several lines of evidence to determine which volcano holds that distinction.
- Thu, 14 May 2020 12:35:02 -0600: New model to accurately date historic earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Three earthquakes in the Monterey Bay Area, occurring in 1838, 1890 and 1906, happened without a doubt on the San Andreas Fault, according to a new article.
- Thu, 14 May 2020 07:26:38 -0600: 'Lettere patenti' help assess intensity of historic central Italian earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Three hundred-year-old administrative documents from the Roman government, granting residents permission to repair damage to their buildings, can help modern-day seismologists calculate intensities for a notable sequence of earthquakes that struck central Italy in 1703.
- Tue, 12 May 2020 11:45:30 -0600: Growing mountains or shifting ground: What is going on in Earth's inner core? - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Exhaustive seismic data from repeating earthquakes and new data-processing methods have yielded the best evidence yet that the Earth's inner core is rotating - revealing a better understanding of the hotly debated processes that control the planet's magnetic field.
- Wed, 06 May 2020 10:37:31 -0600: Fiber optics capture seismic signatures of the rose parade - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Interesting signatures of the Rose Parade were captured by fiber optic telecommunications cable lying below the parade route. Researchers describe how they converted these dark or 'unused' fibers within cables into a dense seismic array.
- Tue, 05 May 2020 10:16:55 -0600: Recent Australian wildfires made worse by logging - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Logging of native forests increases the risk and severity of fire and likely had a profound effect on the recent, catastrophic Australian bushfires, according to new research. In the wake of the country's worst forest fires in recorded history, researchers have been investigating Australia's historical and contemporary land-use.
- Mon, 04 May 2020 13:51:58 -0600: Rethinking tsunami defense - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Careful engineering of low, plant-covered hills along shorelines can mitigate tsunami risks with less disruption of coastal life and lower costs compared to seawalls.
- Wed, 29 Apr 2020 11:39:57 -0600: 'Wobble' may precede some great earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The land masses of Japan shifted from east to west to east again in the months before the strongest earthquake in the country's recorded history, a 2011 magnitude-9 earthquake that killed more than 15,500 people, new research shows.
- Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:51:26 -0600: Fracking and earthquake risk - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing can damage property and endanger lives. Researchers have developed new guidelines for when to slow or halt fracking operations based on local risks.
- Fri, 24 Apr 2020 13:07:28 -0600: Fault roughness and magnitude of earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study has found that tectonic plates beneath the Earth's surface can show varying degrees of roughness and could help explain why certain earthquakes are stronger than others.
- Thu, 23 Apr 2020 11:04:06 -0600: New study takes the pulse of a sleeping supervolcano - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Under the volcanoes in the Andes where Chile, Argentina and Bolivia meet, there is a gigantic reservoir of molten magma. For several million years, it has been there without fully solidifying or causing a supervolcanic eruption. Geologists have long wondered how this is possible. Researchers have now discovered that the secret may be hidden tributaries of hot magma from inside the Earth.
- Thu, 23 Apr 2020 06:22:29 -0600: Seismic map of North America reveals geologic clues, earthquake hazards - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new stress map that reveals the forces acting on the planet's crust will contribute to safer energy exploration, updated seismic hazard maps and improved knowledge about the Earth.
- Wed, 22 Apr 2020 13:13:10 -0600: Tectonic plates started shifting earlier than previously thought - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists examining rocks older than 3 billion years discovered that the Earth's tectonic plates move around today much as they did between 2 and 4 billion years ago. The findings suggest that the continents settled into place and sustained life much earlier than previously thought, and give insights into plate tectonics on other planets.
- Wed, 22 Apr 2020 11:26:04 -0600: Excessive rainfall may have triggered 2018 Kilauea eruption - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Volcanoes erupt when molten rock called magma rises to the surface, and many factors, from the shape of the volcano to the composition of the magma, factor into the timing of eruptions. In the case of the May 2018 eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, a new study points to another eruption factor: prolonged, sometimes heavy rainfall in the months leading up to the event.
- Tue, 21 Apr 2020 07:43:01 -0600: Holistic way to measure the economic fallout from earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Officials know how to account for deaths, injuries and property damages after the shaking stops, but a study based on a hypothetical 7.2 magnitude quake near San Francisco, describes the first way to estimate the far greater financial fallout that such a disaster would have, especially on the poor.
- Thu, 16 Apr 2020 07:19:41 -0600: New geochemical tool reveals origin of Earth's nitrogen - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have used a new geochemical tool to shed light on the origin of nitrogen and other volatile elements on Earth, which may also prove useful as a way to monitor the activity of volcanoes.
- Wed, 15 Apr 2020 11:34:23 -0600: Tools to help volunteers do the most good after a disaster - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
In the wake of a disaster, many people want to help. Researchers have now developed tools to help emergency response and relief managers coordinate volunteer efforts in order to do the most good.
- Tue, 14 Apr 2020 10:57:52 -0600: Volcanic carbon dioxide emissions helped trigger Triassic climate change - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study finds volcanic activity played a direct role in triggering extreme climate change at the end of the Triassic period 201 million year ago, wiping out almost half of all existing species.
- Tue, 14 Apr 2020 10:57:46 -0600: Timing of large earthquakes follows a 'devil's staircase' pattern - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
At the regional level and worldwide, the occurrence of large shallow earthquakes appears to follow a mathematical pattern called the Devil's Staircase, where clusters of earthquake events are separated by long but irregular intervals of seismic quiet.
- Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:08:19 -0600: Making a connection: Two ways that fault segments may overcome their separation - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
In complex fault zones, multiple seemingly disconnected faults can potentially rupture at once, increasing the chance of a large damaging earthquake. Recent earthquakes including the 1992 Landers, 1999 Hector Mine and 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes in California, among others, ruptured in this way. But how can seismologists predict whether individual fault segments might be connected and rupture together during a seismic event?
- Thu, 02 Apr 2020 08:08:34 -0600: Climate disasters increase risks of armed conflicts: New evidence - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The risk for violent clashes increases after weather extremes such as droughts or floods hit people in vulnerable countries, an international team of scientists finds. Vulnerable countries are characterized by a large population, political exclusion of particular ethnic groups, and low development. The study combines global statistical analysis, observation data and regional case study assessments to yield new evidence for policy-makers.
- Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:14:51 -0600: Researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study finds that autumn days with extreme fire weather have more than doubled in California since the early 1980s due to climate change. The results could contribute to more effective risk mitigation, land management and resource allocation.
- Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:22:47 -0600: Sediments may control location, magnitude of megaquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The world's most powerful earthquakes strike at subduction zones, areas where enormous amounts of stress build up as one tectonic plate dives beneath another. When suddenly released, this stress can cause devastating 'megaquakes' like the 2011 Mw 9.0 Tohoku event, which killed nearly 16,000 people and crippled Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.
- Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:00:08 -0600: Potential for using fiber-optic networks to assess ground motions during earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study demonstrates the potential for using existing networks of buried optical fibers as an inexpensive observatory for monitoring and studying earthquakes.
- Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:21:47 -0600: Tree rings could pin down Thera volcano eruption date - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Research has anchored a long sequence of tree rings, providing context for the civilizations that existed throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages, including the eruption of Thera.
- Fri, 27 Mar 2020 08:41:14 -0600: Disasters can affect cervical cancer screening for years - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Screening is important for the early detection of cervical cancer, but rates were significantly affected, in some areas for years, following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
- Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:44:40 -0600: Coral tells own tale about El Niño's past - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists use data from ancient coral to build a record of temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean over the last millennium. The data question previous links between volcanic eruptions and El Niño events.
- Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:41:57 -0600: Wildfire perceptions largely positive after hiking in a burned landscape - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Results from pre- and post-hike surveys of a burned landscape indicate that people understand and appreciate the role of fire in natural landscapes more than is perceived.
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