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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, 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.
- Tue, 04 Dec 2018 08:25:17 -0700: Volcanoes fed by 'mush' reservoirs rather than molten magma chambers - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Volcanoes are not fed by molten magma formed in large chambers finds a new study, overturning classic ideas about volcanic eruptions.
- Mon, 26 Nov 2018 08:55:03 -0700: A large volcanic eruption shook Deception Island 3,980 years ago - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A large volcanic eruption shook Deception Island, in Antarctica, 3,980 years ago, and not 8,300, as it was previously thought. This event was the largest eruption in the austral continent during the Holocene, and it was comparable in volume of ejected rock to the Tambora volcano eruption in 1815.
- Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:38:17 -0700: Volcanoes and glaciers combine as powerful methane producers - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane are being released from an Icelandic glacier, scientists have discovered. A study of Sólheimajökull glacier, which flows from the active, ice-covered volcano Katla, shows that up to 41 tons of methane is being released through meltwaters every day during the summer months.
- Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:20:13 -0700: Seismic study reveals huge amount of water dragged into Earth's interior - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep Earth than previously estimated, according to a first-of-its-kind seismic study that spans the Mariana Trench.
- Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:04:32 -0700: Punctuated earthquakes for New Madrid area, Missouri, U.S. - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
In 1811 and 1812, the region around New Madrid, Missouri, experienced a number of major earthquakes. The final and largest earthquake in this sequence occurred on the Reelfoot fault, and temporarily changed the course of the Mississippi River.
- Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:49:29 -0700: White line of algae deaths marks uplift in 2016 Chilean earthquake - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
A bleached fringe of dead marine algae, strung along the coastlines of two islands off the coast of Chile, offers a unique glimpse at how the land rose during the 2016 magnitude 7.6 Chiloé earthquake, according to a new study.
- Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:16:14 -0700: Nobody wins in a landslide - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers are adding specific details on landslides to the Nevada map of known hazards.
- Mon, 05 Nov 2018 08:53:59 -0700: Enhanced views of Earth tectonics - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Scientists have used data from the European Space Agency (ESA), Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) mission to unveil key geological features of the Earth's lithosphere -- the rigid outer layer that includes the crust and the upper mantle.
- Fri, 02 Nov 2018 16:08:05 -0600: Culture strongly influences coping behaviors after natural disasters - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Demographic and cultural differences strongly influence the coping styles young people use when they're affected by a natural disaster, and these disparities should be taken into account when providing services to help them recover from these traumatic experiences, researchers say.
- Thu, 01 Nov 2018 11:38:23 -0600: Where water goes after fracking is tied to earthquake risk - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
In addition to producing oil and gas, the energy industry produces a lot of water, about 10 barrels of water per barrel of oil on average. New research has found that where the produced water is stored underground influences the risk of induced earthquakes.
- Thu, 01 Nov 2018 06:51:16 -0600: Micro-earthquakes preceding a 4.2 earthquake near Istanbul as early warning signs? - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have observed foreshocks that, if analyzed accordingly and in real-time, may possibly increase the early-warning time before a large earthquake from just a few seconds up to several hours.
- Wed, 31 Oct 2018 10:48:51 -0600: Monitoring air pollution after Hurricane Maria - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, the storm devastated the island's electrical grid, leaving many people without power for months. This lack of electricity, as well as other storm-related damage, prevented air-quality monitoring in many areas. Now researchers have shown that low-cost sensors that run on solar energy can be used to monitor air pollution after a disaster.
- Mon, 29 Oct 2018 11:52:27 -0600: Narrow focus on wildfire trends underestimates future risks to water security - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Dramatic increases in wildfire over the last few decades have garnered considerable media attention. Numerous headlines have claimed that the amount of wildfire in the western US is unprecedented. However, scientists have now compiled long-term fire datasets that demonstrate the amount of wildfire occurring in the western US remains far below the acreage burning prior to pre-European settlement.
- Mon, 29 Oct 2018 08:28:19 -0600: The islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria could be closer together within millions of years - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
There is a gravitational sinking or isostatic adjustment of Teide after the volcanic crisis of 2004. This phenomenon has been detected thanks to data provided by the GPS stations situated in the areas surrounding the island of Tenerife, with millimetric values each year.
- Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:57:08 -0600: Relationship between tremors, water at the Cascadia margin - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers find evidence of water escaping during subduction and infiltrating sedimentary material related to small tremors that occur beneath the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
- Thu, 25 Oct 2018 08:33:48 -0600: Mexico's 2017 Tehuantepec quake suggests a new worry - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Last September's magnitude 8.2 Tehuantepec earthquake happened deep, rupturing both mantle and crust, on the landward side of major subduction zone in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico's far south coast. It's unanticipated location suggests a potential new threat for Central America's coastline.
- Wed, 24 Oct 2018 06:33:29 -0600: Volcanic ash impact on air travel could be reduced says new research - Natural Disasters News -- ScienceDaily
Volcanologists have developed a method and camera that could help reduce the dangers, health risks and travel impacts of ash plumes during a volcanic eruption.
- 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.
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