Oil field operations likely triggered earthquakes in California a few miles from the San Andreas Fault

California was thought to be an exception, a place where oil field operations and tectonic faults apparently coexisted without much problem. Not any more.

Thomas H. Goebel, Assistant Professor, University of Memphis • conversation
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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What wobbling rocks can tell us about nuclear safety

How precariously balanced rocks will inform the earthquake hazards faced by critical infrastructure.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Oct. 1, 2020 ~6 min

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Team measures Mars from crust to core

Seismologists used data from NASA's InSight Lander to get measurements deep within Mars. What they learned might clarify planetary formation.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Anthropause: Lockdowns sent ‘wave’ of quiet around the world

"This quiet period is the longest and most prominent global anthropogenic seismic noise reduction on record."

Justin Dupuis-McGill • futurity
July 24, 2020 ~6 min

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New equation ‘could predict earthquakes better’ say Edinburgh experts

Researchers in Edinburgh produce a new mathematical model aimed at improving how earthquakes are predicted.

By Ken Macdonald • bbcnews
July 13, 2020 ~3 min

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Ancient rocks may determine earthquakes in Australia

"We found that in regions where weaker rocks are present, earthquakes may rupture faults under low friction."

Lito Vilisoni Wilson-U. Melbourne • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~5 min

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Rockfall map suggests moon’s surface still changes

Rockfalls on the moon leave their mark on the surface. A map of 136,610 rockfalls indicates that asteroid impacts are a likely cause.

ETH Zurich • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

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Tectonic plates are a lot older than we thought

Earth's underground network of tectonic plates was in place more than 4 billion years ago—about a billion years earlier than scientists had thought.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
May 29, 2020 ~4 min

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Method aims to ease trouble from fracking earthquakes

Earthquakes from fracking can damage property and endanger lives. New guidelines on when to slow or halt work may minimize risk.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Poorer people have a harder time recovering from disasters

People who are lower on the income scale take a greater hit to their well-being after natural disasters. Recovering economically is harder, too.

Tom Abate-Stanford • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~8 min

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