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Scientists Accurately Forecasted Size And Location Of 2012 Costa Rica Earthquake
2013-12-23 07:19:58

Georgia Institute of Technology Scientists using GPS to study changes in the Earth's shape accurately forecasted the size and location of the magnitude 7.6 Nicoya earthquake that occurred in 2012 in Costa Rica. The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is one of the few places where land sits atop the portion of a subduction zone where the Earth's greatest earthquakes take place. Costa Rica's location therefore makes it the perfect spot for learning how large earthquakes rupture. Because...

Map Possible Giant Earthquakes
2013-12-13 09:34:08

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Researchers have developed a new global map of areas known as subduction zones. Pinpointing these specific locations allows researchers to determine which ones have the ability to generate giant earthquakes and which ones do not. The research, led by Monash University’s Associate Professor Wouter Schellart, comes in response to the devastating giant earthquake and tsunami in Sumatra in December 2004. This region, along with...

Sumatra Earthquake May Be Largest Of Its Type Recorded
2012-09-27 08:15:20

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a report due for release tomorrow in the journal Nature, researchers from the University of Utah, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and seismologists from the United States Geological Service (USGS), contend that the massive April 11 earthquake, centered in the Indo-Australian plate, actually ripped at least 4 fault lines. The earthquake, which at its strongest point, registered an 8.7 on the Richter scale, was...

Indonesian Earthquake: Update
2012-04-11 08:37:20

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com Wednesday´s powerful 8.6-magnitude earthquake that struck off Indonesia´s western coast at 2:38 p.m. local time, was followed by fears of a tsunami, gripping a region that still had the 2004 tsunami -- one that ravaged numerous coastal communities along the Indian Ocean and killing more than 230,000 people -- fresh in their minds. But hours after the fears of a tsunami subsided, a strong 8.2-magnitude aftershock hit the region sparking a new...

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...

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...

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...

2006-08-11 18:49:14

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Saturday, but officials said there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Indonesia's national earthquake center said the quake occurred in the area of Simeulue island, 1,485 km (922 miles) northwest of the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The USGS put the quake's magnitude at 6.0. Dailin Wang, an oceanographer at the Pacific...

2006-07-27 07:50:00

JAKARTA -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 hit offshore the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said on Thursday. The United States Geological Survey put the quake, which occurred at 1116 GMT, at a magnitude of 6.0. Senior Indonesian seismologist Fauzi told Jakarta-based Radio Elshinta the earthquake appeared too small to trigger a tsunami. "We don't need to be concerned about the possibility of a tsunami. The scale was too low for a tsunami....

2006-06-08 03:36:31

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 5.1 magnitude undersea earthquake struck off the western Indonesian island of Sumatra on Thursday, but the state meteorology and geophysics agency said it would not generate a tsunami nor cause damage. The quake's Indian Ocean epicenter was in the same area where a massive earthquake triggered a tsunami that left 170,000 people killed and missing in Aceh province in December 2004. A quake with a 6.2 magnitude shook Indonesia's main island of Java late last...

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