Earthquakes Archives - State of the Planet

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Using Sound to Study Underwater Volcanoes

To find out how volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean influence earthquakes and tsunamis, a team of scientists listens for ‘echoes’ from under the sea.

by Lindsay Key |July 7, 2020

Shifts in Deep Geologic Structure May Have Magnified Great 2011 Japan Tsunami

A new study looks at why the 2011 Tohoku tsunami off Japan was unexpectedly huge.

by |March 16, 2020

Could 2020 Determine Fracking’s Future?

With mounting evidence of health and environmental impacts, fracking faces opposition from many of the leading Democratic candidates for president.

by |January 28, 2020
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Solved: How Tides Can Trigger Earthquakes

A new study reveals the inner workings of tidally triggered earthquakes, and finds that even the slightest stress can set off a tremor.

by |June 7, 2019

A Seismologist Present at the Discovery of Plate Tectonics

Lynn Sykes, a pivotal figure in the development of plate tectonics, discusses a new memoir of his career.

by |June 6, 2019

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2019 and Beyond

On every continent and every ocean, Earth Institute researchers are studying climate, geology, natural hazards and other dynamics of the planet. Here is a list of projects in rough chronological order for the coming year and beyond.

by |January 24, 2019
Heather's hands hold two cylindrical pieces of rock that have been cut on a diagonal to match up like puzzle pieces.

Tools of the Trade: A Machine That Squeezes Rocks to Mimic Earthquakes

Inside the Rock and Ice Mechanics Lab, Heather Savage and her team investigate the physics of earthquakes and fault lines.

by |January 4, 2019

End of Our Fieldwork and Mandalay Hill

I had one last day installing seismometers with the team, then left for Mandalay. After a breakfast with colleagues, I had a free day to explore Mandalay Hill.

by |November 12, 2018

I Switch to Installing Seismometers

With the GPS done, I joined the seismologists installing 32 stations in Myanmar. We finished the preparations and then headed out to the field in three teams.

by |November 10, 2018

From Catholic Churches to Buddhist Monasteries, the Work Continued

On the way back to Kale, we stopped at a Catholic church where one of the seismometers will be deployed.

by |November 6, 2018