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June 26, 2022

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Scientists Provide Explanation for Exceptional Tonga Tsunami

Scientists say they have identified the exact mechanism responsible for the exceptional tsunami that spread quickly across the world after the colossal eruption of the Tonga volcano earlier this ...

Earliest Record of Wildfires Provide Insights to Earth's Past Vegetation and Oxygen Levels

While wildfires over recent years have raged across much of the western United States and pose significant hazards to wildlife and local populations, ...

The Earth Moves Far Under Our Feet: A New Study Shows the Inner Core Oscillates

Scientists have found evidence that the Earth's inner core oscillates, contradicting previously accepted models that posited it consistently rotates ...

Yellowstone's History of Hydrothermal Explosions Over the Past 14,000 Years

While much of public attention on Yellowstone focuses on its potential to produce large supereruptions, the hazards that are much more likely to occur are smaller, violent hydrothermal explosions. ...
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Mangrove and Reef Restoration Yield Positive Returns on Investment for Flood Protection, Study Shows

Restoration of mangroves and coral reefs can be a cost-effective solution for coastal flood reduction in more than 20 countries across the Caribbean. Researchers used methods from the risk and ...

The History of Lake Cahuilla Before the Salton Sea

Lake Cahuilla went through many cycles of filling and drying out over thousands of years. A new study used radiocarbon dating to determine the timing of the last seven periods of filling during the ...

Validation Brings New Predictive Capability to Global Megafire Smoke Impacts

New research modeling smoke from two recent megafires sets the stage for better forecasting of how emissions from these global-scale events will behave and impact temperatures. As huge wildfires ...

Remote Sensing Research Improves Hurricane Response

Researchers are investigating better ways to predict where road-clogging debris will be most severe after tropical ...

Hunga Volcano Eruption Provides an Explosion of Data

The massive Jan. 15, 2022, eruption of the Hunga submarine volcano in the South Pacific Ocean created a variety of atmospheric wave types, including booms heard 6,200 miles away in Alaska. It also ...

New Research Could Provide Earlier Warning of Tsunamis

A new method of detecting mega earthquakes, which picks up on the gravity waves they generate by using deep-learning models, can estimate earthquake magnitude in real time and provide earlier warning ...

Ice-Capped Volcanoes Slower to Erupt, Study Finds

The Westdahl Peak volcano in Alaska last erupted in 1992, and continued expansion hints at another eruption soon. Experts previously forecasted the next blast to occur by 2010, but the volcano -- ...

Lake Erie Quakes Triggered by Shifting Water Levels? Study Finds No Smoking Gun, Urges Further Research

In June 2019, a magnitude 4.0 earthquake occurred beneath Lake Erie just off the shoreline of Ohio, about 20 miles northeast of ...

Failed Eruptions Are at the Origin of Copper Deposits

Copper is one of the most widely used metals on the planet today due to its electrical and thermal conduction properties. The greatest natural resources of this metal are the so-called ...

Major 2020 Alaska Quake Triggered Neighboring 2021 Temblor

A study of two powerful earthquakes in adjacent areas off the Alaska Peninsula in 2020 and 2021 shows a connection between the two. It also suggests they may be a part of an 80-year rupture cascade ...

Researchers Home in on Thera Volcano Eruption Date

Tree-ring, ice core and volcano experts teamed up to identify one of the most climatically impactful volcanic eruptions in 4,000 years -- Aniakchak II. In the process, they narrowed down potential ...

Space-Based System Using GPS Satellites Could Warn of Incoming Tsunamis

A new method for detecting tsunamis using existing GPS satellites orbiting Earth could serve as an effective warning system for countries worldwide, according to a new ...

New Climate Modeling Predicts Increasing Occurrences of Flash Flooding Across Most of the U.S.

A research team has created simulations from coupled climate and hydrologic models that demonstrate widespread increases in the occurrences of flash flooding events across most of the United ...

Immersive VR: Empowering Kids to Survive in Fire, Flood, and War

When you live in the driest State in the driest country in the world, bushfires are an unfortunate, and all-too-regular part of life. Learning how to survive such emergencies is important for all ...

Volcanoes at Fault If the Earth Slips

A new study has attributed the root cause of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes to specific geological damage. A relatively large dip-slip displacement was discovered at the site. The Futagawa strike-slip ...

Earliest Geochemical Evidence of Plate Tectonics Found in 3.8-Billion-Year-Old Crystal

Plate tectonics may be unique to Earth and may be an essential characteristic of habitable planets. Estimates for its onset range from over 4 billion years ago to just 800 million years ago. A new ...

Disasters Could Disrupt Care for Opioid Use Disorder in Most Vulnerable Communities

The COVID-19 pandemic has spiked the overdose death rate from opioid use. For people who rely on medications (buprenorphine, methadone, and extended-release naltrexone) to treat opioid use disorders, ...

Neural Network Model Helps Predict Site-Specific Impacts of Earthquakes

In disaster mitigation planning for future large earthquakes, seismic ground motion predictions are a crucial part of early warning systems. The way the ground moves depends on how the soil layers ...

Undersea Detector Proves It’s Swell

Highly energetic particles called muons are ever present in the atmosphere and pass through even massive objects with ease. Sensitive detectors installed along the Tokyo Bay tunnel measure muons ...

A Swarm of 85,000 Earthquakes at the Antarctic Orca Submarine Volcano

In a remote area, a mix of geophysical methods identifies magma transfer below the seafloor as the ...

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