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Trump's budget cuts West Coast quake warning system funding

President Donald Trump's budget proposal would cut funding for an earthquake early warning system for California, Oregon and Washington state. The system being developed in conjunction with various universities is … Click to Continu...

Formerly undiscovered tectonic plates may explain mysterious Vityaz earthquakes

A previously undetected layer of tectonic plates may offer answers to the mysterious Vityaz earthquakes in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers recently presented their preliminary findings on an additional layer of tectonic plates in Earth's mantle at a joint meeting of the American Geophysical Union and the Japan Geoscience Union in Tokyo. Show More Summary

Nowcasting may help forecast big earthquakes in 53 major cities

Records of small quakes can help us gauge how close we are to really big ones, using a technique borrowed from economics and finance

The Big One is going to happen, no matter how much you want to deny it, California scientists say

Fear of earthquakes is part of life in California. But people experience this anxiety in different ways. For some, the fear prompts them to take steps to protect themselves: strapping down heavy furniture, securing kitchen cabinets and retrofitting homes and apartments.

The Golden Gate Is The Only Bridge In California That Hasn't Been Seismically Retrofitted

Unsettling news for Marin commuters: The Golden Gate Bridge is the only bridge in the state that has not completed mandated seismic retrofit work, nearly 30 years after the Loma Prieta earthquake woke up many state officials to the need for that retrofitting. [ more › ]

Earthquake strikes Philippines, agency says major damage unlikely

MANILA (Reuters) - An earthquake was felt in the Philippine capital Manila on Thursday, Reuters witnesses and the country's seismology agency said.

Earthquake: 3.4 quake strikes near Olancha

A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Thursday morning 10 miles from Olancha, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 8:22 a.m. PDT at a depth of 0.6 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 11 miles from Coso Junction, 14 miles from Cartago, and...

Sediment from Himalayas may have made 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake more severe

(Oregon State University) Sediment that eroded from the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau over millions of years was transported thousands of kilometers by rivers and in the Indian Ocean -- and became sufficiently thick over time to generate temperatures warm enough to strengthen the sediment and increase the severity of the catastrophic 2004 Sumatra earthquake.

Researchers drill deep to understand why the Sumatra earthquake was so severe

(University of Southampton) An international team of scientists has found evidence suggesting the dehydration of minerals deep below the ocean floor influenced the severity of the Sumatra earthquake, which took place on Dec. 26, 200...

Atlas of the Human Planet 2017—how exposed are we to natural hazards?

One out of three people in the world is exposed to earthquakes, a number which almost doubled in the past 40 years. Around 1 billion in 155 countries are exposed to floods and 414 million live near one of the 220 most dangerous volcanoes. Show More Summary

California scientists want you to be so afraid of a huge earthquake that you take action

When you know why you should be scared, you'll be more likely to act to protect yourself, says one scientist.

Pupil size linked to depression

Living through a natural disaster can be a harrowing experience. Earthquakes, tornados, and floods can destroy homes, separate families, and can even be fatal. Surviving a natural disaster can leave a lasting impression as well. Researchers...Show More Summary

Alaska aquiver: State hosts plate tectonics research effort

Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the other 49 states combined, and America's shakiest state is about to have its ground examined like never before.

Alameda school board votes to close quake-threatened school

An Alameda elementary school at risk of catastrophic damage in a major earthquake will close at the end of this academic year, the district board decided Tuesday night, overruling parents and school officials who had pleaded to keepShow More Summary

Marin County winemakers revive dormant tradition

By the Gold Rush era, German and Italian immigrants settled into the North Bay scene, and grape-growing as well as winemaking became commonplace. [...] the phylloxera virus, 1906 earthquake and Prohibition dealt a blow to the industry. Show More Summary

Decemberists Members Contribute Original Music To 99% Invisible’s “Anchorwoman Of The Great Alaska Earthquake” Podcast

"Anchorwoman Of The Great Alaska Earthquake" already sounds like a Decemberists song, so it makes sense that several members of the bookish indie-rockers contributed original music to the recent "Anchorwoman Of The Great Alaska Earthquake" episode of the great design podcast 99% Invisible. Recorded live as part of Radiotopia's West Coast tour, the episode features…

When and how did plate tectonics begin on earth?

Earth’s surface is a shifting puzzle of plates that collide and diverge, generating earthquakes, fueling volcanoes, opening ocean basins and raising mountain ranges. But when and how did this process — unique in our solar system as far as we know — begin?  22 May 2017

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