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2010-09-19 12:05:00

The nation's ability to detect and forecast tsunamis has improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but current efforts are still not sufficient to meet challenges posed by tsunamis generated near land that leave little time for warning, says a new congressionally requested report from the National Research Council. The report calls for a comprehensive national assessment of tsunami risk and improved communication and coordination among the two federal Tsunami Warning Centers, emergency...

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2010-08-18 15:00:00

New research finds that a deadly tsunami that hit several South Pacific islands last year was spawned by two monstrous earthquakes. It was originally thought that a single powerful magnitude-8.1 jolt triggered the tsunami last September 29 that killed over 200 people in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga. Two teams used different research techniques that have separately concluded that the disaster was because of a rare double whammy that hit within minutes of each other.  The two...

2010-08-18 02:31:18

Wildlife Conservation Society and partners document large-scale coral bleaching and death in wake of sea surface temperature rise The Wildlife Conservation Society today released initial field observations that indicate that a dramatic rise in the surface temperature in Indonesian waters has resulted in a large-scale bleaching event that has devastated coral populations. WCS's Indonesia Program "Rapid Response Unit" of marine biologists was dispatched to investigate coral bleaching reported...

2010-08-12 16:04:00

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Alex Guarachi, President of TGIC Importers, signed his name at the bottom of a $50,000 check and presented it to Music for Relief, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, to aid in the earthquake repair efforts in Chile. This, coupled with an initial donation made days after the February quake, brings the total amount donated to $100,000. This effort was made possible because consumers filled their grocery carts with bottles of Montes and...

2010-07-15 14:18:28

Two studies on children in Sri Lanka who survived the 2004 tsunami and ongoing civil war there found that it's not these stressful events alone that contributed to the youths' psychological health, but also daily stressors like domestic violence that are exacerbated by traumatic events and continue after the disasters. The studies appear in a special section on children and disaster in the July/August 2010 issue of the journal Child Development. The first study, by researchers at California...

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2010-07-09 10:35:23

International research team studied differences between 2004 and 2005 quakes Sumatra experiences frequent seismic activity because it is located near the boundary of two of Earth's tectonic plates. Earthquakes occur at 'subduction zones,' such as the one west of Indonesia, when one tectonic plate is forced under another--or subducts. Instead of sliding across one another smoothly, the plates stick, and energy builds up until they finally slip or 'rupture', releasing that stored energy as an...

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2010-06-14 14:05:34

A NASA-led research team has successfully demonstrated for the first time elements of a prototype tsunami prediction system that quickly and accurately assesses large earthquakes and estimates the size of resulting tsunamis. After the magnitude 8.8 Chilean earthquake on Feb. 27, a team led by Y. Tony Song of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., used real-time data from the agency's Global Differential GPS (GDGPS) network to successfully predict the size of the resulting...

2010-05-24 11:33:10

The major earthquakes that devastated Chile earlier this year and which triggered the catastrophic Indonesian tsunami of 2004 are more than just a distinct possibility to strike the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States, scientists say. There is more than a one-in-three chance that it will happen within the next 50 years. New analyses by Oregon State University marine geologist Chris Goldfinger and his colleagues have provided fresh insights into the Northwest's turbulent seismic...

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2010-04-28 09:22:30

Australian researchers describe a mathematical model in the International Journal of Operational Research that can find the ten optimal sites at which tsunami detection buoys and sea-level monitors should be installed. The model could save time and money in the installation of a detection system as well as providing warning for the maximum number of people should a potentially devastating tsunami occur again in the Indian Ocean. A magnitude 9.3 shook the sea floor off the coast of Aceh, in...

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2010-04-07 07:53:00

An earthquake hit Indonesia on Tuesday, wounding 22 people and causing light damage to more than 200 buildings, according to various media reports. Various sources disagree on the exact magnitude of the quake. The Xinhua news agency reported that the seismic activity, which struck in northern Sumatra around 5:15pm CDT on April 6, recorded a 7.2. The U.S. Geological Society (USGS) recorded it as a 7.7, and National Public Radio was reporting the earthquake was a 7.8. According to the USGS, the...