Tag Archives: Seismology

Sounders’ soccer crowd sets off ‘fan quakes’

Can Seattle Sounders fans match the Seahawks’ “Beast Quakes” when it comes to making the earth move? Seismologists from the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network conducted their first experiment to address that question. Based on today’s results from … Continue reading

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USGS awards $10.4M for Northwest quake alerts

The U.S. Geological Survey is setting aside $10.4 million over the next two years to boost the ShakeAlert earthquake early-warning system in the Pacific Northwest. About $7.3 million of the funding, which is part of a broader ShakeAlert expansion program announced … Continue reading

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How quakes could tip us off to the ‘Really Big One’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Is it the tick of Earth’s heartbeat, or a ticking time bomb? Either way, instruments that monitor a 14-month pattern in seismic activity could serve as an super-early warning system for the “Really Big One,” the massive earthquake … Continue reading

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InSight lander sets first tool on Martian ground

After three weeks of checking out the scene on the Red Planet, NASA’s InSight landerhas placed its first scientific instrument on the Martian surface. The probe’s robotic arm pulled InSight’s seismometer, known as the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure or SEIS, from the … Continue reading

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Star seismologist sizes up Seattle’s ‘Really Big One’

When it comes to taking earthquakes seriously, Seattle’s problem may be that the city doesn’t get enough of them. That’s one way of putting the assessment from Lucy Jones, a pioneering seismologist from Southern California who’s been called the “Beyoncé of … Continue reading

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ShakeAlert warning system gets $4.9M boost

The University of Washington and six other research institutions will benefit from $4.9 million in funding from the U.S. Geological Survey for the ShakeAlert earthquake warning system, which could eventually provide precious seconds of advance notice that a seismic shock … Continue reading

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Undersea volcano’s rumblings revealed

An underwater seismic network pioneered by the University of Washington and other institutions is revealing how thousands of tiny shocks can herald huge eruptions. Results from the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s Cabled Array, published today by the journal Science and Geophysical … Continue reading

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