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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Almost one quarter of all earthquakes start in the lithosphere, a slice of the Earth about 31 miles below the surface. Scientists have now revealed the discovery of a mechanism that helps deep rumblings in the lithosphere spread into larger quakes.

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

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.

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

Researchers have created a global map of subduction zones, allowing them to pinpoint which ones have the ability to generate giant earthquakes and which ones do not.

One In Four Earthquakes Worldwide Come From Deep Within Earth
2013-12-12 08:16:04

The long standing mystery of what drives a particular type of earthquake that occurs deep within the Earth and accounts for one in four quakes worldwide might have been solved by a team led by Stanford researchers.

Japanese Earthquake And Tsunami
2013-12-06 04:37:35

The magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake that occurred off the Japanese coast in March 2011, triggering a tsunami and ultimately resulting in more than 15,000 deaths, was the result of the largest fault slip ever recorded.

Earth Gravity Altered By 2011 Japan Quake, According To GOCE Data
2013-12-03 13:50:29

Japan’s devastating earthquake in 2011 left its mark on more than the town of Fukushima. The European Space Agency says that it had an impact on Earth’s gravity as well.


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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