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tsunami research

Earthquakes and tsunamis may be more dangerous than we thought

May 4th, 2021

Natural disasters come in all forms, but some are certainly more devastating than others. A small tornado that tears through an unpopulated countryside is less serious than a super-powerful hurricane that slams into large coastal communities, for example. Earthquakes and tsunamis are both natural phenomena that occur due to the stress that builds up between …

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Scientists spot rare ‘boomerang earthquake’ in the ocean

August 11th, 2020

Scientists have recorded the first evidence of a so-called “boomerang earthquake” occurring deep in the Atlantic Ocean. A boomerang occurs when a fracture proceeds in one direction before rapidly changing course and traveling back in the opposite direction at even higher speeds. The researchers hope that these observations can help better prepare early warning systems …

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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake just rocked Utah

March 18th, 2020

The state of Utah was just struck with a 5.7 magnitude earthquake near the Salt Lake City area.  The quake was the strongest in the state since 1992, knocking out power to nearly 50,000 people.  Emergency management officials warned city residents that aftershocks are likely and to avoid the downtown Salt Lake City area. Visit …

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L.A.’s earthquake warning app worked as intended… or did it?

July 17th, 2019

Earlier this year the city of Los Angeles launched its very own earthquake warning app. It’s called ShakeAlertLA, and it’s supposed to alert “users within Los Angeles County that an earthquake of greater than magnitude 5.0 or level IV intensity has been detected.” It worked great, and people are incredibly disappointed in it. Both of …

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Earthquake rocks Japan, causing mudslides and burying homes

September 6th, 2018

A powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked the island of Hokkaido in Japan early today. Residents of the island, which is the northernmost large island of Japan, were faced with building collapses as well as massive mudslides that buried many homes situated in a valley. At the moment, the death toll sits at seven, but there are …