Plate Tectonics
Study finds a (much) earlier birth date for tectonic plates  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 hours
Geophysicists reported that Earth's ever-shifting, underground network of tectonic plates was firmly in place more than 4 billion years ago -- at least a billion years earlier than... more
Designing a flexible material to protect buildings, military personnel  SCIENCE DAILY · 10 hours
Shake, rattle and roll. Even though they are miles from the epicenter of an earthquake, buildings can collapse due to how an earthquake energy makes the ground shake and rattle.... more
New clues to deep earthquake mystery  PHYS.ORG · 11 hours
A new understanding of our planet's deepest earthquakes could help unravel one of the most mysterious geophysical processes on Earth. more
Deep slab seismicity limited by rate of deformation in the transition zone  Science Magazine · 11 hours
Deep earthquakes within subducting tectonic plates (slabs) are enigmatic because they appear similar to shallow earthquakes but must occur by a different mechanism. Previous... more
Hydrous oceanic crust hosts megathrust creep at low shear stresses  Science Magazine · 11 hours
The rheology of the metamorphosed oceanic crust may be a critical control on megathrust strength and deformation style. However, little is known about the strength and deformation style... more
High mantle seismic P-wave speeds as a signature for gravitational spreading of superplumes  Science Magazine · 11 hours
New passive- and active-source seismic experiments reveal unusually high mantle P-wave speeds that extend beneath the remnants of the world’s largest known... more
A (much) earlier birth date for tectonic plates  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
Yale geophysicists reported that Earth's ever-shifting, underground network of tectonic plates was firmly in place more than 4 billion years ago—at least a billion years earlier than scientists generally thought. more
New Marsquake study could shatter theories on how Mars was born  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
Tantalizing details about Mars' seismic activity have been revealed for the very first time. more
Rich and poor don't recover equally from epidemics: Rebuilding fairly is a global challenge  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Since the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, disaster recovery plans are almost always framed with aspirational plans to "build back... more
New technique separates industrial noise from natural seismic signals  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
For the first time, seismologists can characterize signals as a result of some industrial human activity on a continent-wide scale using cloud computing. more
Giant tectonic plate under Indian Ocean is breaking in two  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
The India-Australia-Capricorn plate is breaking up at a rate of about 2 millimeters a year. more
Caves tell us that Australia's mountains are still growing  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Research shows Buchan Caves to be about 3.5 million years old and that Victoria's East Gippsland has remained tectonically active for long times, even into the present-day, which is why... more
New technique separates industrial noise from natural seismic signals  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
For the first time, seismologists can characterize signals as a result of some industrial human activity on a continent-wide scale using cloud computing. In two recently published papers in Seismological... more
Do parasites protect against SARS-CoV-2?  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The world has rarely seen such a readily transmissible infection as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) over the last century. Within five months, the virus has created a Tsunami of COVID-19 positive cases, comprising almost 4.88... more
Experts warn unstable mountain slope in Alaska poses landslide and tsunami risk  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A group of 14 scientists (11 from the U.S., two from Canada and one from Germany) has posted a letter on the DocumentCloud server... more
Magnitude-6.5 earthquake in Nevada has a long history of temblors  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
A magnitude-6.5 earthquake rattled western Nevada just before sunrise today (May 15), waking up people at 4:03 a.m. local time (11:03 UTC), well before their morning alarms went... more
USGS reports magnitude-6.5 earthquake in western Nevada  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Authorities in western Nevada checked for possible highway damage following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in a remote area early Friday. more
Monitoring glaciers with optical fibers  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Seismic monitoring of glaciers is essential to improving our understanding of their development and to predicting risks. SNSF Professor Fabian Walter has come up with a new monitoring tool in the form of optical fibers. The fibers are... more
How a 1,000‑year‑old tsunami in the Indian Ocean points to greater risk than originally thought  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The December 2004 trans-oceanic tsunami, generated by the 9.2 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, changed the way people look at the... more
Researcher develops new model to accurately date historic earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Three earthquakes in the Monterey Bay Area, occurring in 1838, 1890 and 1906, happened without a doubt on the San Andreas Fault, according to a new paper by a Portland... more
How past pandemics reinforced inequality, and millions of mysterious quakes beneath a volcano  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Contributing Correspondent Lizzie Wade talks with host Sarah Crespi about the role of inequality in past pandemics. Evidence from medical records and... more
Deep long-period earthquakes generated by second boiling beneath Mauna Kea volcano  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Deep long-period earthquakes (DLPs) are an enigmatic type of volcanic seismicity that sometimes precedes eruptions but mostly occurs at quiescent volcanoes. These earthquakes are depleted in... more
'Lettere patenti' help assess intensity of historic central Italian earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Three hundred-year-old administrative documents from the Roman government, granting residents permission to repair damage to their buildings, can help modern-day seismologists calculate intensities for a notable sequence of... more
Earth’s Inner Core is Rotating, Study Says  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
The inner core of the Earth is rotating at about 0.05-0.1 degrees per year, according to an analysis of seismic data from... more
What's Mars made of?  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Earth-based experiments on iron-sulfur alloys thought to comprise the core of Mars reveal details about the planet's seismic properties for the first time. This information will be compared to observations made by Martian space probes in the near future. Whether... more
Researchers simulate the core of Mars to investigate its composition and origin  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Earth-based experiments on iron-sulfur alloys thought to comprise the core of Mars reveal details about the planet's seismic properties for the first time. This... more
Growing mountains or shifting ground: What is going on in Earth's inner core?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Exhaustive seismic data from repeating earthquakes and new data-processing methods have yielded the best evidence yet that the Earth's inner core is... more
Growing mountains or shifting ground: What is going on in Earth's inner core?  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Exhaustive seismic data from repeating earthquakes and new data-processing methods have yielded the best evidence yet that the Earth's inner core is... more
A tale of two kinds of volcanoes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
At an idyllic island in the Mediterranean Sea, ocean covers up the site of a vast volcanic explosion from 3200 years ago. A few hundred kilometers north-west, three other islands still have their volcanic... more
Comprehensive picture of vegetation and climate on Tibetan Plateau during Quaternary ice ages  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Tibetan Plateau has long been a focus of geoscientific studies due to its importance in global tectonics as well as Asian... more
Slight earthquake rattles Rome awake, no damage known yet  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A slight earthquake rattled Romans awake early Monday. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. more
The Latest: U.N. chief calls for end to virus hate speech  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the coronavirus pandemic keeps unleashing “a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering.” more
Fiber optics capture seismic signatures of the rose parade  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Interesting signatures of the Rose Parade were captured by fiber optic telecommunications cable lying below the parade route. Researchers describe how they converted these dark or 'unused' fibers within cables... more
Fiber optics capture seismic signatures of the rose parade  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Yes, there's a prize for the most beautiful flower-filled float in the Rose Parade each year, but how about a prize for the most ground-shaking marching band? According to a... more
Could hotel service robots help the hospitality industry after COVID-19?  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A new research study, investigating how service robots in hotels could help redefine leadership and boost the hospitality industry, has taken on new significance in the light of... more
Rethinking tsunami defense  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Careful engineering of low, plant-covered hills along shorelines can mitigate tsunami risks with less disruption of coastal life and lower costs compared to seawalls. more
Active Tectonic System Spotted on Moon’s Nearside  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
A system of wrinkle ridges on the nearside maria of the Moon is evidence of seismic activity set in motion 4.3 billion... more
Research shows how park-like tsunami defenses can provide a sustainable alternative to towering seawalls  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In tsunami preparedness, it turns out there can be strength in beauty. Rows of green hills strategically arranged along coastlines... more
Damage reported as 5.4-magnitude quake strikes Puerto Rico  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck near southern Puerto Rico on Saturday, briefly knocking out power and forcing the relocation of at least 50 families on an island where some people still remain in... more
Quake with 4.5 magnitude felt in Bulgaria's capital  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
An 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook central Bulgaria on Friday but there were no reports of any injuries or damage. more
Research reveals possibly active tectonic system on the Moon  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Researchers have discovered a system of ridges spread across the nearside of the Moon topped with freshly exposed boulders. The ridges could be evidence of active lunar tectonic processes, the... more
Possibly active tectonic system on the Moon  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Strange spots scattered across the Moon's nearside where bedrock is conspicuously exposed are evidence of seismic activity set in motion 4.3 billion years ago that could be ongoing today, the researchers say. more
'Wobble' may precede some great earthquakes  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
The land masses of Japan shifted from east to west to east again in the months before the strongest earthquake in the country's recorded history, a 2011 magnitude-9 earthquake that killed more than 15,500 people, new... more
NASA scientists tapped to mature more rugged seismometer system to measure moonquakes  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
NASA hasn't measured moonquakes since Apollo astronauts deployed a handful of measuring stations at various locations on the lunar surface and discovered unexpectedly that... more
'Wobble' may precede some great earthquakes, study shows  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The land masses of Japan shifted from east to west to east again in the months before the strongest earthquake in the country's recorded history, a 2011 magnitude-9 earthquake that killed more... more
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