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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.

  • Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:51:24 -0600: Earth’s inner core is solid, 'J waves' suggest - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A new study could help us understand how our planet was formed. Scientists report that their research shows that Earth's inner core is solid -- a finding made possible by a new method for detecting shear waves, or 'J waves' in the inner core.
  • Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:20:30 -0600: Looking and listening for signals of navy test explosions off Florida coast - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Underwater explosions detonated by the US Navy to test the sturdiness of ships' hulls have provided seismologists with a test opportunity of their own: how much can we know about an underwater explosion from the seismic and acoustic data it generates?
  • Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:35:49 -0600: Tracking the movement of the tropics 800 years into the past - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    For the first time, scientists have traced the north-south shifts of the northern-most edge of the tropics back 800 years. The movement of the tropical boundary affects the locations of Northern Hemisphere deserts including the Sonoran, Mohave and Saharan. The Earth's climate system affects the movement of the tropics, which have been expanding since the 1970s. The research team found that in the past, periods of tropical expansion coincided with severe droughts.
  • Sun, 14 Oct 2018 12:27:03 -0600: Fast, accurate estimation of the Earth's magnetic field for natural disaster detection - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers have applied machine-learning techniques to achieve fast, accurate estimates of local geomagnetic fields using data taken at multiple observation points, potentially allowing detection of changes caused by earthquakes and tsunamis. A deep neural network (DNN) model was developed and trained using existing data; the result is a fast, efficient method for estimating magnetic fields for unprecedentedly early detection of natural disasters. This is vital for developing effective warning systems that might help reduce casualties and widespread damage.
  • Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:37:08 -0600: Climate scientist sees stage set for reprise of worst known drought, famine - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A Washington State University researcher has completed the most thorough analysis yet of The Great Drought -- the most devastating known drought of the past 800 years -- and how it led to the Global Famine, an unprecedented disaster that took 50 million lives. She warns that the Earth's current warming climate could make a similar drought even worse.
  • Wed, 10 Oct 2018 12:17:50 -0600: Volcano researcher learns how Earth builds supereruption-feeding magma systems - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    After studying layers of pumice, measuring the amount of crystals in the samples and using thermodynamic models, the team determined that magma moved closer to the surface with each successive eruption.
  • Wed, 10 Oct 2018 12:17:47 -0600: GeoSEA array records sliding of Mount Etna's southeastern flank - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The southeast flank of Mount Etna slowly slides towards the sea. A team of scientists showed for the first time movement of Etna's underwater flank using a new, sound-based geodetic monitoring network. A sudden and rapid descent of the entire slope could lead to a tsunami with disastrous effects for the entire region.
  • Wed, 10 Oct 2018 08:56:13 -0600: Role of 'natural factors' on recent climate change underestimated, research shows - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Pioneering new research has given a new perspective on the crucial role that 'natural factors' play in global warming.
  • Thu, 04 Oct 2018 12:39:58 -0600: Ground shaking during devastating flood offers new insights - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Scientists were able to record a sudden outburst of a glacial lake with seismometers deployed the year before in the wake of the catastrophic Ghorka earthquake in April 2015. The authors of a new study argue that such major flood events have a greater impact on erosion rates than the annual monsoon rainfalls. The reason is that the water masses mobilize large boulders and coarse sediment which usually protect the riverbed.
  • Tue, 02 Oct 2018 08:27:33 -0600: New concept to cool boiling surface may help prevent nuclear power plant accidents - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Scientists have demonstrated a novel concept that overcomes the tolerable heat limit or what's known as the critical heat flux (CHF). They have come up with a new method that increased the CHF by 10 percent compared to approaches used in the past.
  • Fri, 28 Sep 2018 08:45:23 -0600: New approach offers high-resolution seismic monitoring of the shallow subsurface - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    High-resolution seismic monitoring of the shallow subsurface has remained challenging to achieve in practice. Researchers have now developed a spatially windowed surface-wave analysis method using data from a Canadian carbon dioxide-storage site. Using this approach permits accurate and high-resolution monitoring with a single ACROSS unit, and offers the potential to identify natural seismic phenomena and fluid leakages from storage sites.
  • Fri, 28 Sep 2018 06:16:37 -0600: Observing the development of a deep-sea greenhouse gas filter - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    In a long-term study, marine scientists for the first time observed the colonization of a deep-sea mud volcano after its eruption. Only slowly, rich life develops around the crater. The first settlers are tiny organisms that eat methane escaping from the volcano. Thereby, they keep this greenhouse gas from reaching the atmosphere. The present study describes how the colonization of the mud volcano proceeds and when the tiny methane-munchers get going.
  • Thu, 27 Sep 2018 06:33:53 -0600: Regional seismic data help locate September 2017 North Korean nuclear test - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The epicenter of the Sept. 3, 2017, nuclear test explosion in North Korea occurred about 3.6 kilometers northwest of the country's first nuclear test in October 2006, according to a new high-precision analysis of the explosion and its aftermath.
  • Wed, 26 Sep 2018 17:20:44 -0600: Plate tectonics may have been active on Earth since the very beginning - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    A new study suggests that plate tectonics -- a scientific theory that divides the earth into large chunks of crust that move slowly over hot viscous mantle rock -- could have been active from the planet's very beginning. The new findings defy previous beliefs that tectonic plates were developed over the course of billions of years.
  • Wed, 26 Sep 2018 06:27:34 -0600: Researchers map susceptibility to human-made earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers have mapped local susceptibility to human-made earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas. The new model incorporates physical properties of the Earth's subsurface and forecasts a decline in potentially damaging shaking through 2020.
  • Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:04:07 -0600: Seasonal reservoir filling in India deforms rock, may trigger earthquakes - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    The seasonal filling and emptying of reservoirs in India can cause measurable deformation of the surrounding rock, reducing the strength of nearby faults and potentially triggering earthquakes, according to two new articles.
  • Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:45:00 -0600: New earthquake risk model could better inform disaster planning - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Researchers have developed a new way to model seismic risk, which they hope will better inform disaster risk reduction planning in earthquake-prone areas.
  • Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:34:09 -0600: North Korea's 2017 bomb test set off later earthquakes, new analysis finds - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
    Using newly refined analysis methods, scientists have discovered that a North Korean nuclear bomb test last fall set off aftershocks over a period of eight months. The shocks, which occurred on a previously unmapped nearby fault, are a window into both the physics of nuclear explosions, and how natural earthquakes can be triggered.
  • 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.

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Updated: March 12, 2011 — 1:00 pm

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 20th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural Missouri, just a few miles from the Big Muddy. Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises. Since 1997, he has provided guidance, authentic government survival history, and commentary on why we all need to get ready for that fateful day in the future, when we have to get our hands dirty and step in to save the day. He is an award winning videographer (2005 Telly Award), has received state and national scholarly recognition (2006 New Century Scholar and All USA Academic Team), and is a natural with computers, technology, gadgets, small furry mammals, and anything on wheels. Rich likes making friends, solving problems, and creating solutions to everyday issues. He doesn't mind mixing things up, when there is a teaching moment ready to happen. As a constitutional conservative, he's staying quite busy these days. The SurvivalRing Radio Show at will be coming back SOON!

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