Report says EU nuclear plants need better safety
(AP)—The cost of needed improvements to the 145 nuclear reactors in the European Union could run as high as €25 billion ($32 billion) over the coming years, the bloc's energy commissioner said Thursday.
Using social and web technologies in disaster responses
Developing software and solutions to real-world problems was the aim of the h4d2 hackathon event held at Aston University.
City of Ottawa sits atop soil, geologic features that amplify seismic waves
Engineers and city planners study surface geology in order to construct buildings that can respond safely to earthquakes. Soft soil amplifies seismic waves, resulting in stronger ground motion than for sites built over bedrock. ...
Nuclear safety upgrade needed 'nearly everywhere' in Europe (Update)
Immediate safety upgrades costing billions of euros (dollars) are needed in nuclear power plants "nearly everywhere" in Europe, according to the results of EU "stress tests" released Thursday.
Dallas suburb rattled by 3.4-magnitude quake (Update)
(AP)—Damage from a small earthquake and a subsequent aftershock in a suburb west of Dallas was mostly limited to cracked walls and knocked-down pictures, authorities said.
2012 Sumatra earthquake triggered temblors worldwide for nearly a week, research shows
It's known that large quakes trigger smaller quakes hours later as the strong seismic waves pass through the Earth. USGS and UC Berkeley seismologists have now shown that at least some large quakes – strike-slip ...
S. America's Pacific coast eyes tsunami warning system
Officials from countries along South America's Pacific coast met at a UNESCO-sponsored event in Peru's capital Tuesday to design a tsunami early-warning system.
First mobile NASA app and QuakeSim share agency's 2012 Software Award
NASA's first mobile application and software that models the behavior of earthquake faults to improve earthquake forecasting and our understanding of earthquake processes are co-winners of NASA's 2012 Software ...
China's Changbaishan volcano showing signs of increased activity
Roughly 1,100 years ago, the Changbaishan volcano that lies along the border between northeastern China and North Korea erupted, sending pyroclastic flows dozens of kilometers and blasting a 5-kilometer (3-mile) wide chunk ...
Mathematicians show how shallow water may help explain tsunami power
(Phys.org)—While wave watching is a favorite pastime of beachgoers, few notice what is happening in the shallowest water. A closer look by two University of Colorado Boulder applied mathematicians has led ...
Strong earthquake hits parts of western Indonesia
(AP)—A strong undersea earthquake has hit parts of western Indonesia, but no tsunami warning was issued and there have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Children's own perspectives on the Christchurch quakes
The ways that school-age children experienced the after-effects of the Christchurch earthquakes have been documented in a new University of Otago study.
Satellite data confirms Santorini's growth
(Phys.org)—In the south Aegean Sea, the islands of Santorini have been showing signs of unrest for the first time in over half a century. Satellite data confirm that the islands have risen as much as 14 ...
Moderately strong quake hits eastern Indonesia
(AP)—A moderately strong earthquake has hit eastern Indonesia, causing panic among residents, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. No tsunami warning was issued.