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Another Earthquake Rocks Northern Italy Killing At Least Ten
2012-05-29 08:30:06

Northern Italy on Tuesday was shaken by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake, killing at least ten people, less than two weeks after a magnitude 6.0 temblor rocked the same region, destroying castles, churches and leaving seven dead, according to local Italian news agencies. The US Geological Society said the quake struck at 9:00 a.m. local time and was centered about 25 miles northwest of the central city of Bologna. The quake was felt throughout northern and central Italy, including Milan and...

Caltech Researchers Gain Greater Insight Into Earthquake Cycles
2012-05-11 08:08:27

New dynamic computer model first to show full history of a fault segment For those who study earthquakes, one major challenge has been trying to understand all the physics of a fault–both during an earthquake and at times of "rest"–in order to know more about how a particular region may behave in the future. Now, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed the first computer model of an earthquake-producing fault segment that reproduces, in a...

GPS Monitoring System For Big US Earthquakes To Undergo Testing
2012-04-25 04:36:04

The space-based technology that lets GPS-equipped motorists constantly update their precise location will undergo a major test of its ability to rapidly pinpoint the location and magnitude of strong earthquakes across the western United States. Results from the new Real-time Earthquake Analysis for Disaster (READI) Mitigation Network soon could be used to assist prompt disaster response and more accurate tsunami warnings. The new research network builds on decades of technology development...

Image 1 - Shaken, Stirred, Or Fracked
2012-05-17 12:00:12

D.M. Crumbliss MAY 17, 2012: A magnitude 4.3 earthquake shook Timpson, Texas this morning at about 3 AM. Timpson is located in Shelby County near the Louisiana border. Timpson had another 3.9 magnitude quake on May 10. The quake was felt 75 miles from the epicenter. This morning´s quake was the third largest in East Texas´ history. Timpson is the site of two wastewater injection wells that take toxic fracking water from Louisiana. The wells are very close to the epicenter...

Scientists Gather To Discuss Possibility Of San Diego Quakes
2012-04-13 06:55:48

Things could get shaky as scientists will gather in San Diego next week to present their latest seismological research at the annual conference of the Seismological Society of America (SSA). This year´s conference is expected to have record numbers, as well as a special public town hall meeting which will feature talks on the seismic dangers in San Diego as well as the threat of future earthquakes and tsunamis. As the city of San Diego sits on top of a fault system, there is a...

2012-04-12 21:03:25

From an elevator to hospital beds, shake-table test will subject a five-story building's inner workings to severe motions from record-setting earthquakes On April 17, 2012, an NSF-supported team of researchers will shake a full-size building outfitted with the myriad, inner workings of modern life. From elevators to ceiling tiles, hospital equipment to computer servers and wiring to pipes, numerous non-structural elements will be tested as a five-story concrete building shakes from the...

8.7 Earthquake Prompts Tsunami Warnings For Indian Ocean Coastlines
2012-04-11 05:33:00

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com A tsunami warning has been issued for the entire Indian Ocean on Wednesday April 11 after a massive 8.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia at 2:38 p.m. local time (3:38 a.m. EST) sent residents around the region out of their homes and offices in fear. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the temblor was centered 20 miles beneath the ocean floor, a little more than 300 miles from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh. The quake put emergency...

2012-03-30 07:56:15

A new study evaluates the seismic hazards for the entire Central America, including specific assessments for six capital cities, with the greatest hazard expected for Guatemala City and San Salvador, followed by Managua and San José, and notably lower in Tegucigalpa and Panamá City. The study, published in the April issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA), included input from seismic hazard experts from Costa Rica, Guatemala,...


Latest Seismology Reference Libraries

Seismology
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Seismology is the scientific study of earthquakes and the spread of elastic waves through the Earth or through other planet-like bodies. The field includes studies of earthquake effects, such as tsunamis in addition to diverse seismic sources such as tectonic, volcanic, oceanic, atmospheric, and artificial processes. A related field that utilizes geology to infer information regarding past earthquakes is paleoseismology. A recording of earth motion as a function of time is a seismogram. A...

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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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2010-10-07 16:05:32

The Seismometer is an instrument designed to measure the motions of the ground. This includes seismic waves generated by earthquakes, nuclear explosions, and other seismic sources. Records of these activities allow seismologists to map the interior of the Earth, and locate and measure the size of the different sources. There are also seismographs, which is sometimes used in place of the word seismometer. However, a seismograph is the older instrument in which the measuring and recording...

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