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Sumatra Earthquake May Be Largest Of Its Type Recorded
2012-09-27 08:15:20

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a report due for release tomorrow in the journal Nature, researchers from the University of Utah, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and seismologists from the United States Geological Service (USGS), contend that the massive April 11 earthquake, centered in the Indo-Australian plate, actually ripped at least 4 fault lines. The earthquake, which at its strongest point, registered an 8.7 on the Richter scale, was...

NASA Software Award Won By QuakeSim And NASA Mobile App
2012-09-21 14:36:26

NASA software that models the behavior of earthquake faults to improve earthquake forecasting and our understanding of earthquake processes, and NASA's first mobile application are co-winners of NASA's 2012 Software of the Year Award. The award recognizes innovative software technologies that significantly improve the agency's exploration of space and maximize scientific discovery on Earth. QuakeSim, developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is a comprehensive,...

2012-09-20 16:00:01

NASA's first mobile application and software that models the behavior of earthquake faults to improve earthquake forecasting and our understanding of earthquake processes are co-winners of NASA's 2012 Software of the Year Award. The award recognizes innovative software technologies that significantly improve the agency's exploration of space and maximize scientific discovery on Earth. Software engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., developed the NASA App for...

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2012-09-09 10:11:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports A trio of earthquakes that stuck Central and Southern California on Friday morning caused no damage and were apparently unrelated, according to various reports published over the weekend. According to Associated Press reports, a pair of earthquakes hit the Central Valley on Friday morning. The first was magnitude 4.0 and hit at 6:22 a.m. approximately six miles southeast of the city of Huron, while the second was a magnitude 4.1 quake at the same...

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2012-08-30 17:17:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists are reviving a century old Tesla experiment by trying to recreate an earthquake through laboratory means. Nikola Tesla tried recreating earthquakes with his electro-mechanical oscillator, or "earthquake machine," back in 1898. He attached the device to building structures in a laboratory on Houston Street in New York. According to legend, the machine shook not only his building, but neighboring structures, leading...

Want To Host A Seismograph In Your Home? Become A NetQuaker
2012-08-27 15:24:47

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As this weekend's earthquakes still captivate the headlines, a new program is emerging that implores citizens to act as scientists to try and predict the next big quake. The program, called NetQuakes, is a crowdsourcing earthquake-monitoring program where ordinary people volunteer to help monitor quakes. The grassroots movement uses volunteers to act as hosts for one of the program's blue seismometers. NetQuake is an effort...

Powerful Earthquake Shakes Pacific 110 Miles From El Salvador
2012-08-27 07:50:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador Sunday night, followed by a 5.4 magnitude aftershock an hour later, according to a report by the US Geological Survey. The quake´s epicenter was about 110 miles southeast of the capital San Salvador, and was located about 33 miles underground. Following the temblor, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert, saying the quake had spawned a...

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2012-08-27 09:00:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online UPDATE : 08-27-2012 10:00 a.m. (EST) Latest reports on the swarm of Southern California earthquakes puts the number at somewhere around 300, according to the USGS. The continuing series of temblors produced only minor damage, knocking trailers off their foundations and breaking windows. A few reports of cosmetic damage has also been reported on some older buildings. Most of the quakes were in the range of magnitude of 3.0,...


Latest Earthquake Reference Libraries

Pacific Ring of Fire
2013-02-19 13:18:27

The Pacific Ring of Fire, or Ring of Fire for short, is an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. In a 25,000 mile horseshoe shape, it’s associated with an almost continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic belts, volcanic arcs and/or plate movement. The Ring of Fire contains 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75 percent of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes. It’s sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt or the...

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2010-11-15 18:30:29

The Richter scale assigns a single number to quantify the amount of seismic energy released by an earthquake. The scale uses a base-10 logarithm by calculating the logarithm of the combined horizontal amplitude of the largest displacement from zero on a particular type of seismometer. A earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times larger than one that measures 4.0. The moment magnitude, calibrated to give generally similar value for medium-sized...

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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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