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

Tags: earthquakes plate-tectonics australia science-and-technology rocks

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

Tags: space earthquakes moon maps asteroids science-and-technology rocks

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

Tags: volcanoes earthquakes plate-tectonics science-and-technology early-earth

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

Tags: fossil-fuels earthquakes natural-gas fracking earth-and-environment

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

Tags: poverty earthquakes natural-disasters society-and-culture

Fiber optic internet cables could monitor earthquakes

Fiber optics make sense for monitoring earthquakes because "cities already have it as part of their infrastructure, so all we have to do is tap into it."

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities earthquakes infrastructure sensors science-and-technology fiber-optics

Colliding rocks in fault zones may cause earthquake vibrations

High-frequency vibrations are some of the most damaging ground movements earthquakes produce. Now, researchers have a new theory about how they happen.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
March 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earthquakes seismology science-and-technology vibration

‘Marsquakes’ rock the red planet almost every day

NASA's Insight mission to Mars is giving researchers a closer look at the planet and its "marsquakes," researchers say.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space planets mars earthquakes featured science-and-technology

Melting rock models shed light on earthquake origins

A new model can explain phenomena taking place miles beneath the Earth’s surface under incredible pressures and temperatures that lead to earthquakes.

Ken Kingery-Duke • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earthquakes featured science-and-technology pressure phase-changes rock

What do quakes on Mars feel like?

Data from NASA's Insight mission let researchers experience what a "marsquake" might feel like, and compare to quakes on Earth and the moon.

ETH Zurich • futurity
July 30, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: space planets mars earthquakes featured science-and-technology moons

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