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2011-02-08 23:23:55

2000 years of Chinese records shows migrating mid-continent earthquakes This December marks the bicentennial of the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12, which are the biggest earthquakes known to have occurred in the central U.S. Now, based on the earthquake record in China, a University of Missouri researcher says that mid-continent earthquakes tend to move among fault systems, so the next big earthquake in the central U.S. may actually occur someplace else other than along the New Madrid...

2010-11-07 10:50:49

Focus of special issue by world's premier seismology journal The devastating 2008 Wenchuan earthquake marks a defining moment for China's earthquake science program. The focus of a special November issue of the prestigious Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA), the M 7.9 earthquake has garnered intense interest among seismologists, allowing the Chinese science community to demonstrate its capability to a global audience. The earthquake produced an enormous disaster, killing...

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2010-06-20 08:05:18

Small stresses might bring big results, says study In nature, random signals often fall mysteriously in step. Fireflies flashing sporadically in early evening soon flash together, and the same harmonic behavior can be seen in chirping crickets, firing neurons, swinging clock pendulums and now, it turns out, rupturing earthquake faults. Scientists have well established that big earthquakes can trigger other big quakes by transferring stress along a single fault, as successive earthquakes in...

2009-12-07 09:02:00

DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Are you at risk from a large, damaging earthquake? A new online tool developed by OpenHazards Group, Inc., http://www.openhazards.com, quickly estimates the chances of a future earthquake and how much property damage it will do in any time period, anywhere in the world. OpenHazards is the creator of the first free, public earthquake hazard tool that offers vital information about earthquake hazards worldwide. The online "Hazard Viewer" shows earthquake...

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2009-10-01 06:35:00

Researchers at the Carnegie Institution say that they have discovered a method of measuring and monitoring geological fault lines beneath the Earth's crust"”a development that could significantly enhance scientists' ability to accurately predict earthquakes. Geologists previously had no means with which to detect and measure the fluctuating strength of faults that are hidden beneath the Earth's surface.  Now, however, researchers from the Carnegie Institution's Department of...

2009-05-05 09:29:09

The U.S. Geological Survey says it has awarded $5 million in earthquake research funds to 84 recipients, including universities and state and private agencies. USGS officials said in addition to the new funding, applications are being accepted for up to $7 million in grants and cooperative agreements for earthquake research to be conducted during 2010. These grants underscore once again the importance to our nation of the earth science work accomplished by the USGS, Secretary of the Interior...

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2009-04-07 13:55:00

Shortly after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit central Italy Monday morning, Giampaolo Giuliani reported that he had previously forecasted the quake but was ignored by officials and blamed for stirring up public anxiety. Giuliani, an Italian scientist at the National Institute of Astrophysics, had warned local residents to flee the region due to evidence of the upcoming catastrophe he claimed to have gathered by studying an increase in emissions of radon gas near the seismic area. He was...

2009-03-05 10:48:05

U.S. space agency scientists say they've used satellite data to observe, for the first time, the healing of subtle, natural surface scars from an earthquake. The 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at Bam, Iran, in 2003 on a buried fault and killed more than 30,000 people. National Aeronautics and Space Administration geophysicist Eric Fielding and colleagues analyzed radar images from the European Space Agency's Envisat satellite to study the land surface above the fault that's buried about...

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2008-08-09 03:05:00

By Coffin, Bill Just 30 minutes before the earthquake that killed tens of thousands in the Chinese province of Sichuan in May, local video footage captured on a cell phone revealed rainbow lights in the clouds. Some have identified the lights as merely a circumhorizontal arc-an unusual, horizontal rainbow refracting through ice crystals in cirrus clouds. Others, however, consider the light show an example of "earthquake lights," a scientifically unproven indicator of a coming earthquake. The...

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2008-06-06 16:35:00

NASA scientists report being close to a major breakthrough in their work towards developing a method to forecast earthquakes. The researchers discovered a close link between atmospheric electrical disturbances and imminent earthquakes. Precisely such a signal was observed prior to China's recent catastrophic quake. The NASA team has partnered with British experts to investigate the potential for a space-based early warning system. However, many in the scientific community are skeptical about...


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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.