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Researchers Develop Building 'Belt' For Cheap, Quick Repair Of Earthquake Damage
2014-01-14 07:25:34

University of Sheffield [ Watch The Video: Earthquake Test Checks Out Building Vulnerability ] Four years after the January 2010 earthquake, 145,000 people still remain homeless in Haiti. A cheap and simple technology to repair earthquake damaged buildings – developed at the University of Sheffield – could help to reduce these delays by quickly making buildings safe and habitable. Recent tests showed that a damaged building repaired using the technique could withstand a major...

2014-01-13 20:20:22

Turning the unimaginable into triumph, NATEL ensured the future of employees and their families through determination, courage, and blind faith. CHATSWORTH, Calif., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When the Northridge earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley on January 17, 1994, NATEL suffered major damage. The microelectronics manufacturer's headquarters was devastated by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake, one of the worst earthquakes in U.S. history. The Northridge earthquake killed 61...

Natural Disasters Were Rampant In 2013, Creating Widespread Chaos
2014-01-09 10:57:50

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Natural disasters were rampant in 2013, causing wide spread damage, chaos and impacting millions of lives. In a report from CBC News, German insurance company Munich Re, said that there were about 880 major natural disasters around the world in 2013. According to the insurance company 20,000 people’s lives came to a tragic end, which was more than double that of 2012, and with an estimated cost of $125 billion dollars in damage --...

Utah Copper Mine Landslide Triggered Earthquakes
2014-01-06 07:39:40

University of Utah Record-breaking slide would bury Central Park 66 feet deep Last year's gigantic landslide at a Utah copper mine probably was the biggest nonvolcanic slide in North America's modern history, and included two rock avalanches that happened 90 minutes apart and surprisingly triggered 16 small earthquakes, University of Utah scientists discovered. The landslide – which moved at an average of almost 70 mph and reached estimated speeds of at least 100 mph – left a...

Multi-Study Focuses On Link Between Lushan, Wenchuan Earthquakes
2014-01-03 09:30:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research, published in Seismological Research Letters, suggests that the 32-mile segment of the fault northeast of the 2013 Lushan rupture is the place to watch for the next major earthquake in the region. Papers published in the special section of the journal suggest that the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake triggered the magnitude M6.6 Lushan quake. Huajian Yao, professor of geophysics at the University of Science and Technology of...

Subvertical Faults Can Create Electrical Light Shows During Earthquakes
2014-01-03 05:56:52

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, published in Seismological Research Letters, reveals that rare earthquake lights are more likely to occur on or near rift environments. These environments are where subvertical faults allow stress-induced electrical currents to flow rapidly to the surface. Scholars have been intrigued by the luminous phenomena known as earthquake lights (EQL) since the earliest days of seismology. EQL appear before or during earthquakes,...

2013-12-30 23:04:12

Paul Walker’s foundation, Reach Out WorldWide, is continuing to give to others in a touching tradition inspired by the late actor. Narconon Redwood Cliffs, Purist Car Group and Leapfrog just participated in an event at the Pajara Valley Women's Shelter with the group that provided food and gifts for women and children in need for the holidays. Watsonville, California (PRWEB) December 30, 2013 Just before Christmas the Pajaro Valley Women’s Shelter received some much needed help...

Runaway Earthquakes Helped By High Pressure Heating
2013-12-25 05:01:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Almost one quarter of all earthquakes start in the lithosphere, a slice of the Earth about 31 miles below the surface. In a new study published by the journal Geophysical Research Letters, scientists revealed the discovery of a mechanism that helps deep rumblings in the lithosphere spread into larger quakes. Using seismic data from a region in Colombia known for its lithosphere-generated earthquakes, study researchers from MIT and...

Scientists Accurately Forecasted Size And Location Of 2012 Costa Rica Earthquake
2013-12-23 07:19:58

Georgia Institute of Technology Scientists using GPS to study changes in the Earth's shape accurately forecasted the size and location of the magnitude 7.6 Nicoya earthquake that occurred in 2012 in Costa Rica. The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is one of the few places where land sits atop the portion of a subduction zone where the Earth's greatest earthquakes take place. Costa Rica's location therefore makes it the perfect spot for learning how large earthquakes rupture. Because...

Map Possible Giant Earthquakes
2013-12-13 09:34:08

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Researchers have developed a new global map of areas known as subduction zones. Pinpointing these specific locations allows researchers to determine which ones have the ability to generate giant earthquakes and which ones do not. The research, led by Monash University’s Associate Professor Wouter Schellart, comes in response to the devastating giant earthquake and tsunami in Sumatra in December 2004. This region, along with...


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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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