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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.

2013-12-02 21:16:24

On 27 February 2010 an earthquake of magnitude 8.8 struck South-Central Chile near the town of Maule.

Texas Tremors Likely Triggered By Gas Injection Processes: Study
2013-11-05 09:17:43

A newly published study has confirmed a series of small earthquakes that shook the west Texas town of Snyder can be blamed on a production process in the oil fields.

Earthquake Prone Regions Could Benefit From Updated Warning System
2013-10-31 08:52:18

Relocating some of the seismic stations in California and upgrading earthquake-detection technology could improve early warning systems throughout the state, according to new research appearing in the November edition of the the journal Seismological Research Letters.

Google Street View Tool Used To Record Earthquake Damage
2013-10-30 11:13:09

A scientist from Cologne University has used Google's online street view scans to document the damage caused by the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake and suggests that the database would be a useful tool for surveying damage caused by future earthquakes.

New Study Reveals Quake-triggered Landslides Pose Significant Hazard For Seattle
2013-10-22 13:40:44

A new study suggests the next big quake on the Seattle fault may cause devastating damage from landslides, greater than previously thought and beyond the areas currently defined as prone to landslides.

Powerful Earthquake Rocks Philippines On National Holiday
2013-10-15 06:59:43

A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked the Philippines Tuesday morning, killing at least 85 people and injuring hundreds more. The USGS said the quake was centered near the town of Catigbian at about 12 miles deep.

2013-10-04 23:01:24

The Great California Shake Out’s large-scale earthquake drill to teach preparedness and safety to over 7 million participants in several states. Fremont, CA


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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