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Ohio Officials Suspend Fracking Operations At Well
2012-01-05 05:57:26

Ohio officials said Tuesday that the state has suspended operations at a well used to dispose of waste water from "fracking". The suspension comes after suspicion that disposal of waste water by reinjecting it into the ground may have triggered seismic activity. The latest earthquake measured 4.0 on New Year's Eve and was near the well operated by D&L Energy in Youngstown. The state shut down operations at the Youngstown injection well after a 2.7 magnitude quake on December 24....

Researchers Say Earthquakes Triggered By Tropical Cyclones
2011-12-09 13:51:29

Researchers from the University of Miami and Florida International University have found that earthquakes may be triggered by tropical cyclones. The team analyzed data from magnitude-6 earthquakes and above in Taiwan and Haiti and found a strong temporal relationship between the two natural hazards. During the last 50 years, three very wet tropical cyclone events were followed within four years by major earthquakes in Taiwan's mountainous regions. "Very wet rain events are the...

2011-12-01 11:19:43

Geoelectrrical analysis and the change between creep and quakes in the San Andreas fault Geophysicists from Potsdam have established a mode of action that can explain the irregular distribution of strong earthquakes at the San Andreas Fault in California. As the science magazine Nature reports in its latest issue, the scientists examined the electrical conductivity of the rocks at great depths, which is closely related to the water content within the rocks. From the pattern of electrical...

2011-12-01 11:13:14

Earthquakes are some of the most daunting natural disasters that scientists try to analyze. Though the earth's major fault lines are well known, there is little scientists can do to predict when an earthquake will occur or how strong it will be. And, though earthquakes involve millions of tons of rock, a team of University of Pennsylvania and Brown University researchers has helped discover an aspect of friction on the nanoscale that may lead to a better understanding of the disasters....

2011-11-28 23:06:21

New Zealand: After 8,000 aftershocks, when will it stop? "You know you are from Christchurch when“¦" you manage to keep your sense of humor through a year of nonstop hardship. This phrase, coined by Christchurch native Bruce Raines, exploded on Facebook and takes on a multitude of equally morose and light-hearted endings. These phrases accurately capture the spirit of the local inhabitants after a series of earthquakes and aftershocks rocked the city, dramatically changing...

2011-11-18 03:47:10

Researchers the world over are seeking reliable ways to predict earthquakes, focusing on identifying seismic precursors that, if detected early enough, could serve as early warnings. New research, published this week in the journal Applied Physics Letters, suggests that ozone gas emitted from fracturing rocks could serve as an indicator of impending earthquakes. Ozone is a natural gas, a byproduct of electrical discharges into the air from several sources, such as from lightning, or,...

Earthquakes Have Largest Impact On Health Than Other Natural Disasters
2011-11-04 11:38:33

Researchers say that earthquakes have a bigger impact on health than other natural disasters like floods and hurricanes. The researchers said earthquakes have caused over 780,000 deaths in the past decade.  They also said that for every person killed in an earthquake, three others are injured. There are over a million earthquakes around the world each year, and many of the world's major cities are on fault lines. The team said that depression can be the most common problem after...

2011-11-01 21:16:50

Special issue of Seismological Research Letters Details of an earthquake that rocked the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand in February 2011 may transform the way scientists assess the potential threat of fault lines that run through urban centers. According to a series of new papers published today in Seismological Research Letters (SRL), scientists were surprised at the impact of the earthquake, which registered a relatively moderate magnitude 6.2. The in-depth review of...


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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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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