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2014-06-16 18:02:39

Science China Press Chinese and American scientists collaborating in the study of an active seismic fault that produced one of China's most deadly earthquakes say their deployment of an airborne LiDAR system, which uses pulses of laser light to calculate distances and chart terrain features, has helped them produce the most precise topographical measurements ever of the fault zone. "Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) presents a new approach to build detailed topographic maps...

2014-05-02 10:24:40

Man-made quakes need to be included in seismic hazard planning say experts Oil and gas development activities, including underground disposal of wastewater and hydraulic fracturing, may induce earthquakes by changing the state of stress on existing faults to the point of failure. Earthquakes from wastewater disposal may be triggered at tens of kilometers from the wellbore, which is a greater range than previously thought, according to research to be presented today at the annual meeting of...

Los Angeles Earthquake Risks Studied Using 'Virtual Earthquake' Technique
2014-01-24 04:52:49

[ Watch the Video: Forecasting Los Angeles Earthquakes ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new technique developed by scientists at California’s Stanford University has confirmed that the Los Angeles would experience stronger-than-anticipated ground movement should major seismic activity occur to the city’s south, according to research published in the latest edition of Science. The method used weak vibrations generated by the Earth’s oceans to produce...

NASA JPL Scientist Reflects Last Big Quake In Los Angeles
2014-01-17 09:14:01

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Twenty years ago this week, in the predawn darkness of Jan. 17, 1994, at five seconds before 4:31 a.m. PST, the ground ruptured violently on a blind thrust fault (a crack in Earth's crust that does not reach the surface) about 11 miles (18 kilometers) beneath Reseda, in California's San Fernando Valley about 20 miles (31 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The resulting magnitude 6.7 earthquake, known as the Northridge earthquake, became the...

One In Four Earthquakes Worldwide Come From Deep Within Earth
2013-12-12 08:16:04

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The long standing mystery of what drives a particular type of earthquake that occurs deep within the Earth and accounts for one in four quakes worldwide might have been solved by a team led by Stanford researchers. Their findings are published in an upcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters. Originating farther inside the planet than shallow earthquakes, these temblors are known as intermediate-depth earthquakes. Shallow...

Earthquake Prone Regions Could Benefit From Updated Warning System
2013-10-31 08:52:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Relocating some of the seismic stations in California and upgrading earthquake-detection technology could improve early warning systems throughout the state, according to new research appearing in the November edition of the the journal Seismological Research Letters. The effect would be particularly noticeable in regions that are poorly served by the current network, explained Serdar Kuyuk, assistant professor of civil...

2013-04-22 10:01:52

News from the Seismological Society of America 2013 Annual Meeting The greatest threat of a tsunami for the U.S. east coast from a nearby offshore earthquake stretches from the coast of New England to New Jersey, according to John Ebel of Boston College, who presented his findings today at the Seismological Society of America 2013 Annual Meeting. The potential for an East Coast tsunami has come under greater scrutiny after a 2012 earthquake swarm that occurred offshore about 280...

Scientists Warn Of Major Earthquakes In Himalayas And Pacific Northwest
2012-12-04 15:18:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco this week reported that the Himalayas and Pacific Northwest could experience major earthquakes. Researchers have begun studying the complexity of the Himalayan range in greater detail, particularly the fault that separates the two plates known as the Main Himalayan Thrust (MHT). Previous observations indicated a fault that dipped a few degrees to the...

Why Some Quakes Shake Faster Revealed By Tabletop Fault Model
2012-10-31 15:28:04

University of California - Berkeley The more time it takes for an earthquake fault to heal, the faster the shake it will produce when it finally ruptures, according to a new study by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, who conducted their work using a tabletop model of a quake fault. "The high frequency waves of an earthquake – the kind that produces the rapid jolts – are not well understood because they are more difficult to measure and more difficult to...

Scientists Convicted For Not Predicting Earthquake
2012-10-23 13:26:41

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online On Thursday, six scientists and a government official were sentenced to six years in prison. These seven men were held accountable for the deaths of more than 300 people. They were guilty of manslaughter for reportedly remaining silent — and this ruling has shocked the scientific community around the world. The “crime” these men were charged and convicted of was failing to accurately communicate the risk of the...


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