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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.
- Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:50:10 -0600: '100-year' floods will happen every 1 to 30 years, according to new flood maps - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have developed new maps that predict coastal flooding for every county on the Eastern and Gulf Coasts and find 100-year floods could become annual occurrences in New England; and happen every one to 30 years along the southeast Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico shorelines.
- Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:18:56 -0600: The case for retreat in the battle against climate change - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
With sea level rise and extreme weather threatening coastal communities, it's no longer a question of whether they are going to retreat; it's where, when and how. In a new paper, researchers advocate for a managed and planned retreat, not a short-term spur of the moment reaction to a massive storm.
- Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:40:22 -0600: Explaining earthquakes we can't feel - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have explained mysterious slow-moving earthquakes known as slow slip events with the help of computer simulations. The answer, they learned, is in rocks' pores.
- Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:11:59 -0600: Underground links between quakes and eruptions of Japan's biggest active volcano - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
To better understand subsurface processes associated with earthquakes and eruptions of Mount Aso, researchers investigated a very long period (VLP) seismicity dataset collected over two years. A new technique was developed to locate VLP events, and two clusters of such events were detected. Changes in the locations of VLP events were closely associated with earthquake and eruption occurrences. This method advances understanding of seismic and volcanic processes and could contribute to disaster mitigation.
- Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:14:58 -0600: Best practices for wildfire adaptation and resilience - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
New research outlines best practices for social and ecological resilience in a Western landscape where wildfires are becoming inevitable.
- Wed, 14 Aug 2019 07:38:51 -0600: Researchers develop improved method for studying tsunami risk to bridges, buildings, roads - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers are paving the way toward greater safety for coastal residents and infrastructure by developing a better means of modeling the destructive force of tsunami waves.
- Wed, 07 Aug 2019 11:19:26 -0600: A rocky relationship: A history of Earth's continents breaking up and getting back together - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A new study of rocks that formed billions of years ago lends fresh insight into how Earth's plate tectonics, or the movement of large pieces of Earth's outer shell, evolved over the planet's 4.56-billion-year history.
- Tue, 06 Aug 2019 10:11:42 -0600: How do you forecast eruptions at volcanoes that sit 'on the cusp' for decades? - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Some volcanoes take their time -- experiencing protracted, years-long periods of unrest before eventually erupting. This makes it difficult to forecast when they pose a danger to their surrounding areas, but scientists are trying to change that.
- Mon, 05 Aug 2019 11:40:10 -0600: Geoengineering versus a volcano - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Major volcanic eruptions spew ash particles into the atmosphere, which reflect some of the Sun's radiation back into space and cool the planet. But could this effect be intentionally recreated to fight climate change?
- Thu, 01 Aug 2019 08:41:08 -0600: Drop of ancient seawater rewrites Earth's history - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The remains of a microscopic drop of ancient seawater has assisted in rewriting the history of Earth's evolution when it was used to re-establish the time that plate tectonics started on the planet.
- Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:58:19 -0600: How to recognize where a volcano will erupt - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists have devised a new method to forecast volcanic vent locations.
- Wed, 31 Jul 2019 10:54:32 -0600: Faint foreshocks foretell California quakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
New research mining data from a catalog of more than 1.8 million southern California earthquakes found that nearly three-fourths of the time, foreshocks signalled a quake's readiness to strike from days to weeks before the the mainshock hit, a revelation that could advance earthquake forecasting.
- Mon, 29 Jul 2019 13:18:51 -0600: Predicting earthquake hazards from wastewater injection after fracking - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Geoscientists develop a method to forecast seismic hazards caused by the disposal of wastewater after oil and gas production.
- Mon, 29 Jul 2019 10:38:55 -0600: Earthquakes: Numerical model pinpoints source of pre-cursor to seismic signals - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Numerical simulations have pinpointed the source of acoustic signals emitted by stressed faults in laboratory earthquake machines. The work further unpacks the physics driving geologic faults, knowledge that could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes.
- Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:36:45 -0600: Volcanoes shaped the climate before humankind - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Five large volcanic eruptions occurred in the early 19th century. They caused cooling and -- as a new study shows -- to drying in the monsoon regions and glaciers growing in the Alps. The study shows that the pre-industrial climate was not constant: if one takes this cold period as the starting point for current global warming, the climate has already warmed up more than assumed in the current discussions.
- Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:19:16 -0600: Many Dallas-Fort Worth area faults have the potential to host earthquakes, new study finds - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A study has found that the majority of faults underlying the Fort Worth Basin are as sensitive to changes in stress that could cause them to slip as those that have generated earthquakes in recent years.
- Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:54:08 -0600: 'Crystal clocks' used to time magma storage before volcanic eruptions - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The molten rock that feeds volcanoes can be stored in the Earth's crust for as long as a thousand years, a result which may help with volcanic hazard management and better forecasting of when eruptions might occur.
- Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:30:30 -0600: Stronger earthquakes can be induced by wastewater injected deep underground - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Earthquakes are getting deeper at the same rate as the wastewater sinks.
- Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:58:22 -0600: Flood prediction model developed - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The duration of floods can be determined by river flow, precipitation and atmospheric blocking. Now an international team of researchers is offering a novel physically based Bayesian network model for inference and prediction of flood duration. The model also accurately examines the timescales of flooding.
- Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:33:13 -0600: 'Artificial intelligence' fit to monitor volcanoes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
More than half of the world's active volcanoes are not monitored instrumentally. Hence, even eruptions that could have rung an alarm can occur without people at risk having a clue of the upcoming disaster. A research project has led to a volcano monitoring platform which analyzes satellite images using - amongst other methods - 'artificial intelligence' (AI) for the monitoring of volcanoes.
- Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:36:09 -0600: A drier future sets the stage for more wildfires - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
November 8, 2018 was a dry day in Butte County, California. The state was in its sixth consecutive year of drought, and the county had not had a rainfall event producing more than a half inch of rain for seven months. The dry summer had parched the spring vegetation, and the strong northeasterly winds of autumn were gusting at 35 miles per hour and rising, creating red flag conditions: Any planned or unplanned fires could quickly get out of control.
- Mon, 08 Jul 2019 13:40:44 -0600: New clues to the origin of massive underwater volcano, Tamu Massif - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The discovery of Tamu Massif, a gigantic volcano located about 1,000 miles east of Japan, made big news in 2013 when researchers reported it was the largest single volcano documented on earth, roughly the size of New Mexico. New findings conclude that it is a different breed of volcanic mountain than earlier thought, throwing into doubt the prior claim that it is the world's largest single volcano.
- Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:11:57 -0600: Istanbul: Seafloor study proves earthquake risk for the first time - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Istanbul is located in close proximity to the North Anatolian fault, a boundary between two major tectonic plates where devastating earthquakes occur frequently. Using an autonomous measuring system on the seafloor, researchers have now for the first time measured deformation underwater and detected a considerable build-up of tectonic strain below the Marmara Sea near Istanbul.
- Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:43:56 -0600: Appearance of deep-sea fish does not signal upcoming earthquake in Japan - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
The unusual appearance of deep-sea fish like the oarfish or slender ribbonfish in Japanese shallow waters does not mean that an earthquake is about to occur, according to a new statistical analysis.
- 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.
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