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So, About Last Night's Earthquake

I was sitting in the sofa writing my last blog post when the TV gave a loud warning tone. On the screen was an early earthquake warning in Japanese and English. 174 more words


How Dynamic is Topography in the Western U.S.?

We have the unusual presence of two papers published in the same year essentially trying to do the same thing: determine how much topography is caused by isostasy in the crust and mantle and how much might be non-isostatic (or dynamic). 2,076 more words


Field Notes: Ethiopia

Before I fall too far down the rabbit hole that will be my attempts to make up for missing two weeks of the semester for field work, here are some thoughts on my trip to Ethiopia. 1,204 more words

October 17 - Live! On TV!

Today’s factismal: The first earthquake to be shown live on television happened in 1989.

It was a balmy October evening in San Francisco. The Giants were competing with the Oakland A’s for the pennant, and the two teams were warming up in preparation for game three. 280 more words

Earth Science

Study Links Hundreds Of Ohio Quake To Fracking

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. 386 more words


Why New Zealand doesn't need to worry about a zombie apocalypse

New Zealand has been hit by three significant earthquakes in the last two days. Luckily not strong enough to do damage, and remote enough that even a larger shake would have been more nuisance than apocalypse. 520 more words


Forecasting New Zealand’s seismic apocalypse

This weekend’s tragedy on Japan’s Mount Ontake reminds us that life around the Pacific ‘rim of fire’ is often risky.

That string of tectonic plate collisions stretches around the whole circumference of the Pacific and has shaped life in many ways. 630 more words