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3 September 2015

New research calls for rethinking of New Zealand’s Alpine Fault

New research could prompt a shift in thinking about New Zealand’s Alpine Fault.


27 August 2015

3-D maps illustrate formation of the Hangai Dome in central Mongolia

Researchers at Rice University, the University of Toronto, and Princeton University generated 3-D maps of the Earth under the Hangai Dome in central Mongolia from seismic data. The 3-D image below shows the earth under the dome. Colored yellow, warm rock rises up from the deep mantle toward the Earth’s surface. The pressure on the rock drops as it rises. When the rock reaches 150 kilometers (93 miles) below the surface, it starts to melt and form magma, illustrated in red. Heat released by the magma modifies the rigid outer layer of the Earth that becomes lighter and rises up, creating the Hangai Dome.


19 August 2015

New study shows significant tsunami strength for parts of Southern California

Tsunamis generated by earthquake faults off the Santa Barbara coast could pose a greater danger to the cites of Ventura and Oxnard than previously thought.


17 August 2015

Wake-up call from the Hayward Fault

During a brief visit to California this week, I, along with a metroregionfull of people, was treated to a rattling little temblor from the Hayward Fault. The quick jolt struck conveniently just before everyone’s morning alarms went off, serving as a wakeup call for the day, and as this season’s broader “wakeup call” reminder that there are big active seams in the crust inching along around and below our cities. …


6 August 2015

16th century Italian earthquake changed river’s course

In 1570, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the northern Italian city of Ferrara, causing dozens of deaths, major damage to the city and thousands to flee. At the time, Pope Pius V said God sent the earthquake to punish the city’s duke who had given hospitality to Jews and Marranos who had escaped Spain.

Now, a new study finds that the 16th century earthquake and subsequent aftershocks were the last step in a tectonic process that occurred over thousands of years and changed the course of the Po River. The final rerouting of the river left Ferrara dry by the end of the 16th century, an event depicted in a painting that now hangs in the Vatican Museum.


31 July 2015

Nepal landslides: over 30 killed yesterday in Kaski and Myagdi

Heavy rainfall triggered landslides on Wednesday night in Central Nepal, killing at least 35 people. Worst affected were Kaski and Myagdi districts


15 July 2015

The Judgement Cliff Rock Avalanche in Jamaica

In June 1692 the Port Royal earthquake triggered the Judgement Cliff Rock Avalanche in Jamaica, killing at least 19 people


9 July 2015

Mount Kinabalu: the day the mountain shook

The Straits Times in Singapore has published a detailed account of the Mount Kinabalu earthquake and rockfalls from the perspective of the school party that was struck by the debris on the mountain slopes.


1 July 2015

An updated landslide density map from the Nepal earthquakes from the EWF project

The EWF project has published a revised map showing landslide density for the Nepal earthquakes in April and May.


30 June 2015

Araniko Highway in Nepal: landslide problems in the monsoon

The Araniko Highway is the main route that links Nepal with Tibet. In the wake of the recent earthquake it is facing major landslide problems in the monsoon


22 June 2015

Landslide-induced sediment production after the Sabah earthquake in Malaysia

Landslides caused by the 5th June 2015 Sabah earthquake in Malaysia have released large amounts of sediment that is now causing extensive damage downstream


8 June 2015

The Mount Kinabalu rockfall on Friday

The Mount Kinabalu rockfall on Friday, induced by a M=6.0 earthquake, is now known to have killed 19 people, including school children from Singapore


5 June 2015

Malaysia earthquake: early reports of seismically-triggered landslides

Early reports suggest that the M=6.0 Malaysia earthquake this morning may have triggered landslides and rockfalls, especially on Mount Kinabalu, where five climbers are thought to have been killed.


29 May 2015

Views of strong shaking in Nepal and what they teach us

When the ground shook throughout Nepal in April, it was neither predicted nor surprising–the paradox of inevitable but chaotic large earthquakes within well known seismic zones. Though warnings of Nepal’s catasrophic earthquake risk have been sounded for years, and though this magnitude 7.8 and its energetic 7.3 aftershock wrought plenty of death, destruction, and tragedy, scientists are finding themselves somewhat surprised at the apparently rather limited degree of overall damage …


26 May 2015

Kali Gandaki: an interesting landslide dam and breach

On Sunday a landslide blocked the Kali Gandaki river in Nepal for about 15 hours before breaching to release a significant flood.


20 May 2015

The timing of the landslide season in Nepal

Using my fatal landslide database for Nepal, I’ve looked at the timing of the landslide season in recent years. The main landslide season starts in late June and runs to early October.


18 May 2015

Landslides in Nepal and the impact of the SW Monsoon

In a paper (Petley et al. 2007), we looked at spatial and temporal patterns of landslides in Nepal. The results highlight the threat posed by the SW monsoon in the earthquake affected areas


11 May 2015

Jalbire, Sindhupalchok: the best landslide video from the Nepal earthquake to date?

A new, very good video has been posted on Youtube showing landslides at Jalbire triggered by the Gorkha earthquake in Nepal


6 May 2015

It’s 2015. We respond to earthquakes from space.

The seismic waves ringing out from Nepal on April 25 reached sensors around the planet, mobilizing a vast, remote response that’s truly a sign of the times in modern seismic disaster recovery. While Kathmandu and the surrounding towns and villages stood shocked and crippled by the now-named Gorkha earthquake, satellites sweeping by overhead quickly gathered a picture of the scene, transmitting intricate detail of the disaster to the world with …


Gorkha earthquake in Nepal: a landslide map and update on the landslide hazard

The EWF team, working with the British Geological Survey, have provided an update on landslide hazard after the Gorkha earthquake, including a landslide map