CSI: Pisco, Peru -- Study uncovers tectonic events behind earthquake
A magnitude 8.0. earthquake destroyed 90 percent of the city of Pisco, Peru on August 16, 2007. The event killed 595 people, while another 318 were missing. Tsunami waves were observed locally, off the shore ...
Studies offers new picture of Lake Tahoe's earthquake potential
For more than a decade, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have been unraveling the history of fault ruptures below the cobalt blue waters of Lake Tahoe one earthquake at a time. ...
Underwater Communication Network May Sense Tsunamis
(PhysOrg.com) -- Tsunamis send electric signals through the ocean that appear to be sensed by the vast network of communication cables on the seabed, according to a new study led by Manoj Nair of the University of Colorado ...
Oregon may build nation's first tsunami evacuation structure
Residents of a small Oregon coastal community are moving closer to the creation of something that's never before been built in the United States - a structure designed specifically to withstand a major earthquake ...
7.7-magnitude quake hits off Indonesian island
(AP) -- A powerful earthquake hit off western Indonesia late Monday, briefly triggering a tsunami warning that sent thousands of panicked residents fleeing to high ground. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Tsunami's effects in California offer clues about future, more powerful seismic events
Although the effect of the tsunami was minuscule in California compared with Japan, the scattered damage is providing a rare opportunity to study how the waves work and to help officials better prepare for what could be a ...
Managing the psychological effects of natural disasters
(PhysOrg.com) -- In the wake of the Queensland floods, the Christchurch earthquake, and the Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear crisis, people are asking for advice about how we should manage the effects of disaster on mental ...
Japan's Hamaoka atomic plant to build huge seawall
Chubu Electric said Friday it will build an 18-metre (60 foot) anti-tsunami seawall to protect its ageing Hamaoka nuclear plant located near a faultline in a region seen as vulnerable to earthquakes.
Japan firm creates radiation-detecting plastic
Japan's Teijin Chemicals Limited said Wednesday it had created a plastic that emits a blue light when exposed to radioactivity, which it says will lead to cheaper radiation detectors.
For disaster debris arriving from Japan, radiation least of the concerns
(PhysOrg.com) -- The first anniversary is approaching of the March, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that devastated Fukushima, Japan, and later this year debris from that event should begin to wash up on U.S. shores and ...
Homes near Japan nuke plant may be banned for ever
Japan on Friday said some areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was wrecked last year by a massive tsunami will likely remain permanently off-limits.
Lessons for the northwest: Japanese death toll could have been worse
(PhysOrg.com) -- An estimated 20,000 people died or are missing after a massive earthquake-induced tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, yet some 200,000 people were in the inundation zone at the time.
Japan experts warn of future risk of giant tsunami
(AP) -- Much of Japan's Pacific coast could be inundated by a tsunami more than 34 meters (112 feet) high if a powerful earthquake hits offshore, according to revised estimates by a government panel.
Moderate quake hits Alaska's Aleutian Islands
(AP) A moderate earthquake was recorded Friday morning off Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands, but a tsunami wasn't generated.