Earthquakes Archives - State of the Planet

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

Our Next Sets of GPS in Kalewa and Tedim

To get to Kalewa we followed the Myittha River past the Kabaw Fault to the site with view of a monastery. Tedim is a long and windy drive through the mountainous Chin Hills.

by |November 3, 2018