The bimonthly Seismological Research Letters serves as a general forum for informal communication among seismologists, as well as between seismologists and those nonspecialists interested in seismology and related disciplines. The contents of SRL include contributed articles on topics of broad seismological interest, opinion pieces on current seismological topics, News and Notes about seismology in the U.S. and internationally, Transitions notes about seismologists, special earthquake reports, and letters to the editor.
3D satellite, GPS earthquake maps isolate impacts in real time
When an earthquake hits, the faster first responders can get to an impacted area, the more likely infrastructure—and lives—can be saved.
Pre-1950 structures suffered the most damage from August 2014 Napa quake
An analysis of buildings tagged red and yellow by structural engineers after the August 2014 earthquake in Napa links pre-1950 buildings and the underlying sedimentary basin to the greatest shaking damage, ...
Earthquake activity linked to injection wells may vary by region
The Williston Basin in north central U.S. produced fewer earthquakes caused by wastewater injection than in Texas, suggesting the link between seismicity and production activities may vary by region, according ...
Scientists see fracking as cause of earthquakes in heartland
Evidence is growing that fracking for oil and gas is causing earthquakes that shake the heartland.
Hydraulic fracturing linked to earthquakes in Ohio
Hydraulic fracturing triggered a series of small earthquakes in 2013 on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County, Ohio, according to a study published in the journal Seismological Research Letters.
Likely near-simultaneous earthquakes complicate seismic hazard planning for Italy
Before the shaking from one earthquake ends, shaking from another might begin, amplifying the effect of ground motion. Such sequences of closely timed, nearly overlapping, consecutive earthquakes account for devastating seismic ...
Experts defend operational earthquake forecasting, counter critiques
Experts defend operational earthquake forecasting (OEF) in an editorial published in the Seismological Research Letters (SRL), arguing the importance of public communication as part of a suite of activities intend ...
Activity more than location affects perception of quakes
Scientists rely on the public's reporting of ground shaking to characterize the intensity of ground motion produced by an earthquake. How accurate and reliable are those perceptions?
Urbanization exposes French cities to greater seismic risk
French researchers have looked into data mining to develop a method for extracting information on the vulnerability of cities in regions of moderate risk, creating a proxy for assessing the probable resilience of buildings ...
Earthquake lights linked to rift environments, subvertical faults
Rare earthquake lights are more likely to occur on or near rift environments, where subvertical faults allow stress-induced electrical currents to flow rapidly to the surface, according to a new study published ...