The Chilean Earthquakes Might Be Just The Beginning

GFZ animated the recent Chilean megaquake and aftershocks sequence. It looks like despite releasing a lot of energy, the earthquakes have not closed the seismic gap. That means the built-up stress wasn't sufficiently released to significantly reduce the seismic hazard in the future. » 4/08/14 4:44pm 4/08/14 4:44pm

Aftershocks in Chile

Since the magnitude 8.2 megaquake, Chile has been rocked by 74 aftershocks of at least 2.5, and that number is growing. The strongest, a 7.6 just before midnight last night, is larger than any earthquake felt in the contiguous United States since San Francisco burned in 1906. » 4/03/14 9:13pm 4/03/14 9:13pm

7.7 magnitude quake in Pakistan just created a new island

A massive, 7.7 magnitude quake struck south-central Pakistan on Tuesday afternoon local time. The USGS warns that there will high casualties and economic losses, requiring international response. Seismologists have also confirmed that the quake raised a new island, about 30-40 feet high, off the coast. » 9/24/13 9:50am 9/24/13 9:50am

10 Science Experiments That Looked Like the End of the World

It's official: The Large Hadron Collider helped to find a new particle, and it didn't turn the world inside out. Everybody relax! But history is full of strange experiments that people predicted might bring about the end of the human race... and in some cases, they might actually have had a point. » 7/06/12 10:25am 7/06/12 10:25am

NASA releases a model of last year's devastating Tohoku-oki tsunami

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history — the quake responsible for triggering the massive and deadly Tohoku-oki tsunami. The animation up top, released yesterday by NASA, shows the tsunami's motion across the Pacific basin in the 22 hours following the… » 3/12/12 9:00am 3/12/12 9:00am

Help Scientists Gauge Earthquake Strength with Did You Feel It?

If games and puzzles aren't filling your spare time, why not spend your extra minutes contributing to science instead? Here's a quick way to send data to the US Geological Survey when an earthquake happens near your location. The USGS has a wonderful opportunity for you to contribute data quickly and efficiently if… » 9/21/11 12:40pm 9/21/11 12:40pm

Searching for Godzilla

Over the past few weeks, we've sought to understand the science behind the unfolding disaster in Japan. But a fascinating statistic from Wikipedia shows that hits on "Godzilla" jumped tremendously after the disaster too. What does this say about us? » 3/22/11 11:51am 3/22/11 11:51am

Everything You Need to Know About Nuclear Power and the Fukushima…

Since the Japan earthquake hit, it seems like the story surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant has changed every 10 minutes, making it tough to keep up on the latest developments. Luckily there's no shortage of informed individuals and organizations keeping track of what's going on. » 3/15/11 7:20am 3/15/11 7:20am