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Smartphone app could save lives during earthquake say inventors

The earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale that struck Nepal on April 25 killed more than 8,000 people, left tens of thousands injured and hundreds of thousands homeless.<p>When a natural disaster occurs, minutes – and even seconds – can save lives.<p>That’s what the inventors of a new smartphone …

Volcano could 'collapse anytime' sending 220m mega tsunami over Atlantic, scientists warn

GETTYLava spews from Fogo's volcano in this satellite image<p>A team of geologists concluded there is a risk of a sudden collapse of the volcanic peak …

When the earth shakes, corsets save lives

Earthquakes don’t kill people – collapsing buildings do. In the last century nearly threequarters of earthquake fatalities have been due to building failure.<p>Countries such as Japan and Chile have shown it is possible to construct buildings that can withstand the most powerful earthquakes, but such …

Natural Disasters

Mysterious gaping crack opens up in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains

The huge crack that suddenly appeared in Wyoming has stirred curiosity, but there is a scientific explanation.<p>Deep in the foothills of Bighorn …

Struggle to reach hard hit areas as death toll from South Asia quake tops 340

<b>Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> Noor Wali was sitting inside his shoe shop in northwestern Pakistan when he heard a loud roaring sound and saw cracks appear in the walls.<p>He ran out of the building just before it collapsed into rubble.<p>"I avoided death by inches," he told CNN.<p>His shop in Khyber …

Natural Disasters

25 Years After The Great Missouri Earthquake That Never Happened

On Dec. 3, 1990, an earthquake was supposed to level the small town of New Madrid, Missouri and become one of the biggest natural disasters the country had ever experienced. The ensuing mayhem — and quiet — instead brought fleeting attention to a high-risk seismic zone in the heart of America that …

Geology

Alaska had its biggest landslide in decades, and no one saw

If millions of tons of rock slide down an Alaskan mountain and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Regardless, it certainly creates enough of a ruckus to get picked up by a sophisticated seismic monitoring network, <i>Alaska Dispatch News</i> reports.<p>The Oct. 17 Icy Bay landslide into Taan …

Geology

Mesmerizing Video Shows All The World's Earthquakes Since 2000

The bigger and brighter the dot, the stronger the quake.<p>Since the year 2000, the world has been rocked by tens of thousands of earthquakes. This mesmerizing animation visualizes each and every one of them.<p>Created by the U.K.-based visual effects company 422 South, the clip is said to show all the …

Earthquakes

Cliff collapses after earthquake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand with such force, it caused part of a cliff to collapse.<p>About 150,000 to 200,000 people felt strong or very strong shaking, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.<p>The quake was centered about 17 kilometers (10 miles) east of Christchurch, which …

Natural Disasters

Indonesia earthquake: reports of deaths after 7.9 quake

A massive and shallow quake strikes off west coast of Sumatra, an area previously badly hit in 2004's Indian Ocean quake and tsunami<p>A massive and shallow earthquake struck on Wednesday off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and …

See How Oil Drilling Created an Earthquake Crisis in Oklahoma

In the last few years, Oklahoma has become one of the most seismic places on the planet. Last year, there were almost 6,000 earthquakes, 900 of which …

Oklahoma Is Now as Much of an Earthquake Risk as California

A new federal map released Monday shows parts of Oklahoma are now as seismic as parts of California and Alaska, long the nation’s leaders in …

Natural Gas

World's Fastest Moving Fault Took a U-Turn Eons Ago

The twisting, stretching crust lying beneath New Zealand harbors the world's fastest moving fault, new research suggests.<p>The Alpine Fault, part of …

Geology

Strong quake kills 9, injures more than 800 in Japan

MASHIKI, Japan (AP) — At least nine people have been killed and more than 800 injured by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that toppled houses and buckled roads in southern Japan.<p>With daybreak, the extent of the damage became apparent: collapsed buildings, streets warped by manholes pushed higher by the …

Natural time-bomb: Alarming frequency of earthquakes in South Asia should worry us

<b>13 April:</b> Earthquake of magnitude 6.9 strikes Myanmar, tremors felt in east India<p><b>10 April:</b> Six people killed in Pakistan after 6.6-magnitude …

Geology

From the North Sea, a wave that acts like a tsunami

The harbour at Stonehaven, on Scotland’s east coast, is normally tranquil but, at 7.30pm on 1 July 2015, the sea did something strange.<p>“The water suddenly started to rush out for about five minutes, dropping by about 1.25 metres, then after a couple of minutes returned with some force,” reported …

North Sea

Where fire freezes: All eyes, ears and instruments on Iceland's volatile volcanoes

With examples of every type of volcano on Earth — each with its own eruptive pattern — Iceland presents a special challenge to volcanologists, but …

Study Skills

UAF student uses rocketry and sound to better understand volcanoes

FAIRBANKS — Below the deepest bass sound audible to the human ear is the infrasound vibration produced by both the tail of a rocket and the gasses …

Alaska volcano goes quiet but remains 'restless,' scientists say | Reuters

(Reuters) - An Alaskan volcano that began erupting 10 days ago, belching an ash cloud 20,000 feet (6,906 meters) high that triggered aviation warnings, ended its latest round of seismic activity on Wednesday but may not stay quiet for long, scientists said.<p>The Pavlof Volcano spews ash in the …

Environmentalism