Global communications and the mesh of civilizations
It has been 20 years since political scientist Samuel P. Huntington published his influential "Clash of Civilizations" prediction that cultural differences and "fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of ...
San Francisco's big 1906 quake was third of a series on San Andreas Fault
Research led by a University of Oregon doctoral student in California's Santa Cruz Mountains has uncovered geologic evidence that supports historical narratives for two earthquakes in the 68 years prior to ...
Is there an ocean beneath our feet?
(Phys.org) —Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that deep sea fault zones could transport much larger amounts of water from the Earth's oceans to the upper mantle than previously thought.
Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's Java island
A strong undersea earthquake rocked parts of Indonesia's main Java island on Saturday, causing some damage but there were no reports of casualties.
US earthquake fault zone alive and active, study finds
The New Madrid fault zone in the United States' midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes, scientists reported Thursday.
'Virtual earthquakes' used to forecast Los Angeles quake risk
Stanford scientists are using weak vibrations generated by the Earth's oceans to produce "virtual earthquakes" that can be used to predict the ground movement and shaking hazard to buildings from real quakes.
Geologist helps identify dangerous earthquake fault
(Phys.org) —The discovery of a previously unknown active fault in Nepal means that the Himalayan country's most populated region is at greater risk for life-threatening earthquakes and catastrophic flooding than previously ...
Eight seconds of terror
(Phys.org) —Twenty years ago this week, in the predawn darkness of Jan. 17, 1994, at five seconds before 4:31 a.m. PST, the ground ruptured violently on a blind thrust fault (a crack in Earth's crust that ...
Israeli govt websites briefly downed by power outage
Israeli government websites were briefly downed on Thursday by a power cut at a server facility, a finance ministry official told AFP.
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 ...
When Seattle shakes from quakes, it's going to slide, too
With its coastal bluffs, roller coaster hills and soggy weather, Seattle is primed for landslides even when the ground isn't shaking. Jolt the city with a major earthquake, and a new study from the University of Washington ...
Scientists probe abandoned mine for clues about permanent CO2 sequestration
An abandoned mineral mine near Stanford University is providing geoscientists new insights on how to permanently entomb greenhouse gas emissions in the Earth.
Slippery fault unleashed destructive Tohoku-Oki earthquake and tsunami
For the first time, scientists have measured the frictional heat produced by the fault slip during an earthquake. Their results, published December 5 in Science, show that friction on the fault was remark ...
Scientists calculate friction of Japan's 9.0 earthquake in 2011
An international team of scientists that installed a borehole temperature observatory following the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake in Japan has been able to measure the "frictional heat" generated during the rupture of the fault ...