Researchers provide highest-resolution observations yet of the complex 2012 Sumatra earthquake
The powerful magnitude-8.6 earthquake that shook Sumatra on April 11, 2012, was a seismic standout for many reasons, not the least of which is that it was larger than scientists thought an earthquake of its ...
GPS data reveals more on mega-thrust earthquakes
Northern hemisphere summers warmest in 600 years (Update)
Harvard researchers are adding statistical nuance to our understanding of how modern and historical temperatures compare.
Villain in disguise: Jupiter's role in impacts on Earth
Jupiter is often credited for shielding Earth from catastrophic asteroid and comet impacts. But new simulations of the influence of gas giant planets in solar systems casts doubt on Jupiter's reputation as ...
Deconstructing a mystery: What caused Snowmaggedon?
In the quiet after the storms, streets and cars had all but disappeared under piles of snow. The U.S. Postal Service suspended service for the first time in 30 years. Snow plows struggled to push the evidence ...
World's largest subwoofer: Earthquakes 'pump' ground to produce infrasound
Earthquakes sway buildings, buckle terrain, and rumble – both audibly and in infrasound, frequencies below the threshold of human hearing. New computer modeling by a team of researchers indicates that most of the low-frequency ...
Researchers recreating the past to predict the future of climate change
(PhysOrg.com) -- New findings published in Nature Climate Change, show that while current climate models have the ability to reproduce important features of the changing climate, including the greater warmin ...
Deep creep means milder, more frequent earthquakes along Southern California's San Jacinto fault
With an average of four mini-earthquakes per day, Southern California's San Jacinto fault constantly adjusts to make it a less likely candidate for a major earthquake than its quiet neighbor to the east, the ...
Eclipses' effect on wind revealed
Solar eclipses don't just turn the lights out; they also make the wind slow down and change direction.
Rising risk of major quake in Chile: study
Central Chile faces increased risk of a very large earthquake close to the site of last February's 8.8-magnitude temblor that killed 520 people and cost 30 billion dollars, scientists said on Sunday.
New Zealand earthquake damage illustrates risks posed by shallow crustal faults
The terribly destructive earthquake that just hit Christchurch, New Zealand, was only a moderate 6.3 magnitude, but had certain characteristics that offer an important lesson to cities up and down the West Coast of North ...
Mount Fuji 'under more pressure than last eruption'
Pressure in the magma chamber of Japan's Mount Fuji is now higher than it was the last time the volcano erupted more than 300 years ago, scientists say, according to a report Thursday.
Asteroid to make closest approach since 1975
On Tuesday, January 31, asteroid 433 Eros will come closer to Earth than it has in 37 years, traveling across the night sky in the constellations Leo, Sextans and Hydra. At its closest pass of 16.6 million ...
Purdue-led research team finds Haiti quake caused by unknown fault
Researchers found a previously unmapped fault was responsible for the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti and that the originally blamed fault remains ready to produce a large earthquake.