Latest Seismology Stories

2011-04-07 12:36:48

An earthquake rocked southern and central Mexico on Thursday causing only minor damage. The epicenter of the quake was near Las Choapas, which is a town with a population of 83,000 residents and 370 miles southeast of Mexico City.  The earthquake swayed buildings for several seconds in the capital, and in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, people ran from their homes and school children assembled on playgrounds. Bernabe Hernandez Perez, head of civil protection in Las Choapas, told The...

2011-04-06 02:00:00

HIMEJI, Japan, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- We at the Showa Group would like to inform you about the effects that the recent tragic events in Japan have had on our company. We understand that there have been questions raised about this recently and below you will find in detail the answers to some of the most common ones. We also would like to thank you for your continued support and concern for our well-being. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20110406/447899 ) 1....

2011-04-01 15:20:01

First such station installed northwest of Columbia, Mississippi Most seismic activity--and earthquakes--have been in the U.S. West. But the East is not out of the woods in terms of risk, geologists say. After a six-year march eastward from the U.S. West Coast, the EarthScope Transportable Array seismic network has reached a major milestone: installation of the first Transportable Array station east of the Mississippi River. Station 345A, located on a private farm about 15 miles northwest of...

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,...

2011-03-28 05:55:00

Mega-quakes, such as the recent massive temblor off the coast of Japan are not expected to set off other large quakes in distant regions of the world, according to a study published by the US Geological Survey (USGS). There is a current novel theory that a large quake in one continent can unleash a quake in another. Tom Parsons and Aaron Velasco of the US Geological Survey and the University of Texas at El Paso explained their counter theory to AFP. Parsons and Velasco looked at all...

2011-03-25 00:00:30

AccuConference is offering free calls to Japan in the wake of the earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear crisis taking place there. For the rest of March, anyone who needs to get in touch with people in Japan can place calls for free up to $100. Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) March 24, 2011 AccuConference announced today free calling to Japan for all those who need to communicate with people in the country. Following widespread destruction from the earthquake and tsunami, and amid growing fears of nuclear...

2011-03-24 11:29:23

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar on Thursday night, shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 600,000 people could feel shaking anywhere from strong to violent.  It said that buildings in the area could be expected to have moderate to very heavy damage because buildings in the area are considered vulnerable. Buildings in Bangkok, which is located about 480 miles south of the epicenter, also felt the effects of the quake. The...

2011-03-21 14:41:08

Geologists say the earthquake that rocked Japan on March 11 has altered the earth's surface and loaded more stress on a fault line much closer to Tokyo. Roger Musson of the British Geological Survey said that the structure of the tectonic plates and fault lines around the city makes it unlikely that Tokyo would be hit by a quake anywhere near the intensity of the 9.0-magnitude one that struck a few weeks ago. However, any trembler could be devastating given the 39 million people who live in...

2011-03-17 00:07:46

The earthquake disaster on March 11 - scientific evaluation The earthquake disaster on 11 March 2011 was an event of the century not only for Japan. With a magnitude of Mw = 8.9, it was one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded worldwide. Particularly interesting is that here, two days before, a strong foreshock with a magnitude Mw = 7.2 took place almost exactly at the breaking point of the tsunami-earthquake. The geophysicist Joachim Saul from the GFZ German Research Centre for...

2011-03-16 02:00:00

CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 11, 2011 Japan experienced the largest earthquake ever in its history, a 9.0 magnitude off the coast of Honshu, Japan. Immediately following the earthquake, a major tsunami was triggered and it brought even more destruction and devastation to Japan. Now Japan is battling enormous challenges and a world community is coming together to assist them. Eric Holtzman is the President of Hosting 4 Less, a web hosting company in Southern...

Latest Seismology Reference Libraries

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...

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...

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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