Latest Earthquake prediction Stories

2008-05-27 16:47:32

The giant earthquake that unleashed the Indian Ocean tsunamis in 2004 - killing more than 225,000 people in one of the deadliest natural disasters in history - might also have triggered other quakes around the world, new findings reveal. The earthquake that ravaged China last week may also have set off other quakes around the globe, but that data has not been analyzed yet. But the new research shows that major earthquakes may routinely set off smaller jolts, even on the opposite...

2005-11-09 12:55:00

LOS ANGELES -- Scientists have found a way to estimate an earthquake's ultimate strength by analyzing the initial seconds of a rupture - a step that could one day provide early earthquake warning. Currently, a quake's magnitude - or how much energy is released - is determined after the shaking stops, usually minutes after an event. But researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, say the measurements of seismic waves soon after a temblor can signal whether it will be a minor or...

2005-11-05 03:42:20

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan, one of the world's most earthquake-prone nations, plans to launch a seismic alert system next year to capture early quake movements and issue warnings of more damaging tremors, officials said on Saturday. A test version of the system, operating in the northern prefecture of Miyagi since February, was able to sound a warning that a big earthquake would strike the city of Sendai 15 seconds before a 7.2 quake jolted the area on August 16, the daily Asahi Shimbun...

2005-10-16 03:04:53

TOKYO (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake jolted Tokyo and its vicinity on Sunday afternoon, causing buildings in the capital to shake, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 and was centred in southern Ibaraki prefecture, north of Tokyo. The earthquake's focus was 40 km (25 miles) underground. The quake set off alarms in convenience stores and left displays of...

2005-10-14 13:45:00

The San Francisco Bay region has a 25 percent chance of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake in the next 20 years, and a roughly 1 percent chance of such an earthquake each year, according to the "Virtual California" computer simulation. The Virtual California approach to earthquake forecasting is similar to the computer models used for weather forecasting, said John Rundle, director of the UC Davis Computational Science and Engineering Center, who has developed the model with colleagues from...

2005-06-27 06:21:07

When will the next Indonesian tsunami strike? With last December's tragedy and a second large earthquake in the area just three months later, that's more than just an abstract scientific question. But there is no scientific answer. "If anyone tells you they know, they're pulling your leg," says geophysics professor Rob McCaffrey of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. The Dec. 26 tsunami, the most devastating in recorded history, was triggered by the biggest earthquake in 40...

2005-01-18 16:03:24

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A well drilled 300 feet deep to study fluctuations in groundwater has proven extremely useful for monitoring major earthquakes around the world. The well is especially sensitive because it's drilled into an underground rock formation of granite with fractures that all run the same way, channeling more water into and out of the well, said Evelyn Roeloffs of the U.S. Geological Survey's Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash. Roeloffs, who has studied the...

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