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'Slow slip' earthquake season raises risk of 'The Big One'

Phenomenon raises risk of 'Big One' roughly every 14 months<p>B.C. is headed back into another one of its riskier seismic seasons, raising the risk of …

Geology

The science of earthquakes explained

Earthquakes can cause immense damage to buildings and infrastructure, trigger tsunamis, and reshape the Earth's surface with their force. But how do …

Geology

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology. After all, quakes are deadly precisely because they’re erratic—striking without warning, …

Artificial Intelligence

In Santa Monica, a new frontier in earthquake safety could soon begin

Santa Monica is now poised to enter a new frontier in earthquake safety that could have implications for other cities looking at seismic retrofitting.<p>The City Council on Tuesday tentatively approved the nation’s most extensive seismic retrofitting effort, which could require safety improvements to …

Los Angeles

Deja vu but different: how the fall of one New Zealand city helped save another

Infrastructure became a national talking point after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake devastated Christchurch in 2011, but were lessons learned? At three minutes past midnight on 14 November last year, Wellington found out<p>There was an uneasy sense of recognition as Mike Gillooly, Christchurch’s chief …

Earthquakes

Earthquakes converse by the transfer of stress: The strong evidence for short-distance, long-period interactions

During the 75 years before the great 1906 earthquake on the San Andreas fault, the San Francisco Bay area suffered at least 14 shocks of moment …

Earthquakes

Prediction of large earthquake probability improved

Researchers of the Mathematics Research Centre (CRM) and the UAB have developed a mathematical law to explain the size distribution of earthquakes, …

Earthquakes

When the walls were shaking: earthquakes triggered by human activity, say scientists

AC/DC had it right: when the walls are shaking, and the earth is quaking, it's definitely caused by humans<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>People knew we could induce earthquakes before we knew what they were. As soon as people started to dig minerals out of the ground, …

Earthquakes

Initial earthquake behavior does not predict outcome

Can seismologists tell from the first few seconds of recorded seismic data how big an earthquake is going to be, or does it take longer and require …

23 Years Later, Costs For Another Devastating Northridge-Style Quake Skyrocket

<b>NORTHRIDGE (CBSLA.com)</b> — Twenty-three years after the Northridge quake, authorities say residential damage in the area could be as high as $79 …

Extreme Science: The San Andreas Fault

How California is predicting and preparing for the inevitable<p>OUR FAULT<p>OUR FAULT<p>Extreme Science San Andreas <i>by PopSci</i><p>There’s a crack in California. It stretches for 800 miles, from the Salton Sea in the south, to Cape Mendocino in the north. It runs through vineyards and subway stations, power lines …

WATCH: Caltrans Explains Readying for the Next Big Earthquake in California

In this easy to understand News Flash, the agency focuses on some bridges in southern California, in particular.

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Science

Here are a few things you may not have known about earthquake insurance in California

This 1994 staff file photo shows a Los Angeles city limit sign on the 5 Freeway after the Northridge earthquake. Photo By Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles …

Oklahoma sees drop in wastewater injection and earthquakes in 2016

<i>By David Jacobson, Temblor</i><p>According to year-end data from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, there was a 23% drop from 2015 to 2016 in the amount …

Mapping Canada's biggest earthquakes

British Columbia is widely known to be Canada's seismic danger zone, but every so often the shifting Earth reminds us that the rest of the country …

Earthquakes

The science behind California's earthquake swarms

More than 250 earthquakes have struck the state's Southern border since New Year's Eve, and it's not the first time this has happened.<p>A "swarm" of …

Gas released from rocks can predict impending breakage

Small amounts of gas released from rocks under stress could be used to predict rock breakage before it occurs, such as during an earthquake, …

In the wake of the quake | New Zealand Geographic

Last summer, earthquake geologists Russ Van Dissen and Tim Little dug a 15-metre-long trench across a paddock on North Canterbury’s Kekerengu Fault, …

Could an Earthquake 'Invisibility Cloak' Shield Buildings from Damage?

SAN FRANCISCO – Earthquake cloaks, or huge arrays of precisely drilled holes and trenches in the ground, could — at least in theory — protect …

Chemistry

'Slow Motion' Earthquake Put New Zealand at Risk for Another Temblor

SAN FRANCISCO — The magnitude-7.8 Kaikoura earthquakethat rattled New Zealand last month may have set up the country for another major quake …

Geography
Science

An earthquake worse than the 'Big One'? Shattered New Zealand city shows danger of Seattle's fault

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The nine people on Red Bus No. 702 were going separate ways on a Tuesday afternoon: to lunch, the doctor, work, home. The …

Earthquakes

Subduction zone geometry offers a mega-earthquake risk indicator

Paris (SPX) Nov 29, 2016 <br>Mega-earthquakes (with a magnitude greater than 8.5) mainly occur on subduction faults where one tectonic plate passes under …

Earthquakes

Oklahoma Earthquakes: The Emerging Risk from Induced Seismicity

<i>This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic.</i><p>California is typically the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of earthquake …

Oklahoma earthquakes should be on the decline

Oklahoma saw 19 centuries' worth of seismic energy unleashed in eight years.<p>The onset of Oklahoma’s earthquakes several years ago suddenly changed …

Chemistry