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Powerful Earthquake Shakes Pacific 110 Miles From El Salvador
2012-08-27 07:50:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador Sunday night, followed by a 5.4 magnitude aftershock an hour later, according to a report by the US Geological Survey. The quake´s epicenter was about 110 miles southeast of the capital San Salvador, and was located about 33 miles underground. Following the temblor, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert, saying the quake had spawned a...

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2012-08-26 08:52:27

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Why do some tsunamis, such as the devastating one that struck Japan in March 2011, occur on a much larger scale than scientists expect? The answer, based on a model developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, lies within the “pop-up” movement of large amounts of sediment. Undersea earthquakes can release huge amounts of energy as tectonic plates slip across each other´s ridge lines. A study in Earth...

13-year Cascadia Study Suggests Risk For Large Earthquake
2012-08-01 13:16:27

A comprehensive analysis of the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific Northwest coast confirms that the region has had numerous earthquakes over the past 10,000 years, and suggests that the southern Oregon coast may be most vulnerable based on recurrence frequency. Written by researchers at Oregon State University, and published online by the U.S. Geological Survey, the study concludes that there is a 40 percent chance of a major earthquake in the Coos Bay, Ore., region during the next...

Potential For Tsunamis In Northwestern California
2012-06-28 12:05:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have accumulated the first evidence-based inclusive study of the probability for tsunamis in Northwestern California. The paper, "Paleoseismicity of the Southern End of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, Northwestern California," was co-written by professors Edward Keller and Alexander Simms from UCSB's Department of Earth Science, and published in a recent issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological...

Tsunami Debris Could Harbor Invasive Species, Experts Warn
2012-06-08 05:45:18

While the 70-foot-long dock that washed ashore at an Oregon beach earlier this week may not be radioactively harmful or contain chemical contaminants, scientists are warning that it is likely home to a different sort of threat. The dock, which was dislodged from a fishing port in northern Japan by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, floated across the Pacific Ocean and arrived at Agate Beach, a mile north of Newport, on Tuesday. On Thursday, scientists at the Oregon State University (OSU)...

GPS On Commercial Ships Could Improve Tsunami Warnings
2012-05-07 07:44:47

Commercial ships travel across most of the globe and could provide better warnings for potentially deadly tsunamis, according to a study published May 5 by scientists at the University of Hawaii — Manoa (UHM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. James Foster, lead author and Assistant Researcher at the UH School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), and colleagues were able to detect and measure the properties of the...


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