Latest Seismic hazard Stories

2011-04-08 15:43:37

Seismology tip sheet: New Madrid seismic zone, Japan quake, earthquake triggering and more among topics to be discussed This tip sheet highlights presentations at the upcoming international meeting of SSA, which is an international scientific society devoted to the advancement of seismology and its applications in understanding and mitigating earthquake hazards and in imaging the structure of the Earth. These summaries reflect submitted abstracts and the actual presentations will include...

2011-03-30 17:07:21

A new National Research Council report presents a 20-year road map for increasing U.S. resilience to earthquakes, including a major earthquake that could strike a highly populated area. The report was mostly written prior to the March 11 earthquake in Japan, but the committee of experts who authored it noted that the Japanese experience is a reminder of the devastation that can occur even in a country acknowledged as a leader in implementing earthquake-resilience measures. In recent decades,...

2011-03-07 13:51:20

The Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake that took place on February 22 has been illustrated in new radar imagery. The magnitude 6.3 tremor killed over 160 people and shattered a city reeling from a previous seismic event in September. Data downloaded from the Japanese Alos spacecraft mapped the way the ground deformed during the most recent quake. It shows clearly that the focus of the tremor was right under the city's south-eastern suburbs. The type of image is known as a synthetic...

2010-12-10 13:41:18

As the U.S. policy makers renew emphasis on the use of nuclear energy in their efforts to reduce the country's oil dependence, other factors come into play. One concern of paramount importance is the seismic hazard at the site where nuclear reactors are located. Russell A. Green, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, spent five years as an earthquake engineer for the U.S. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board in Washington, D.C., prior to becoming a...

2009-03-23 16:37:10

The U.S. Geological Survey says it will award up to $7 million in grants and cooperative agreements for earthquake research next year. The USGS said the awards, for which applications are due May 13, are given annually to approximately 90 research projects proposed by universities, state geological surveys and private institutions. Key projects include cataloging earthquakes in Southern California; better preparing emergency responders, the public and the media about earthquakes; providing...

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