Earthquake prediction and warning is an evolving technology, which is going to significantly contribute to civil and property protection. The possibility to have an actual early warning earthquake system is now closer to reality, thanks to a collaboration between USGS and a small start up company in the Golden State.
Satellite data of the last to decades, helped in mapping the land creep along the Calaveras and the Hayward faults east of the San Fransisco Bay, enabling scientists to reconstruct the underground geometry of the fault complex and estimate the magnitude of future earthquakes.
Led by a group of researchers at the University of Bristol, BRACE project – standing for Building Bhutanese Resilience Against Cataclysmic Events – is an interdisciplinary try to help the Kingdom of Bhutan cope with earthquakes and their effects on the environment, business, infrastructure and society.
The state of Oklahoma’s energy and environment cabinet unveiled a new website this week that hosts scholarly articles and an interactive map of earthquake and injection well locations. The conclusion: the frequent earthquakes that have been hitting the state are mostly due to the underground disposal of billions of barrels of wastewater from oil and gas wells according to scientific consensus. This is a departure from years of official skepticism from the state government.
"Earthquake. Earthquake. Shaking to begin in ...15 seconds". The particular message preceded by a siren is going to warn people in a group of trial public and private institutions of an imminent earthquake. The specialized software, developed by the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, based in University of Washington, will be installed in their computers and is the first earthquake early warning system tested outside the research community in the region.
A new pioneering technique in steel castings fabrication provides enhanced earthquake resistance and allows implementation of unique architectural designs. The new technique, initially developed in Canada is currently applied in many construction projects across the country and the U.S.
Michael Pollino, researcher from the Case Western Reserve University has recently published his findings on a new innovative technique that will allow buildings to rock during an earthquake and return to equilibrium at the end of shaking. Rocking technology is still in early development stages but Pollino as well as other researchers are warm supporters and aim in developing design standards for practicing engineers.
Chances of a large magnitude earthquake in California are higher than previously estimated seven years ago. Scientists came up with the new prediction using a new model based on the latest research and seismological data.
According to a new study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, thousands of tons of global-warming and ozone-depleting chemicals were released into the atmosphere, following the Tohoku 2011 earthquake. The new study is the first to show the importance of including the release of gases from natural disasters in emissions estimates.
Although earthquakes along the North Anatolian Fault (NAF) have been very frequent and devastating to the city of Istanbul, recurrence rate has been difficult to evaluate as faults are located offshore. A new study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA) brings new evidence on the earthquake history of NAF's main segment based on seabed soil samples.