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Seven (7) recent news articles, stories, opinions and reports from around the web.

1oneWatch the Atwood Building Sway From the 7.0 Earthquake (2KTUU) A new video, uploaded by the U.S. Geological Survey, shows an amplified look at how the Atwood building bobbed and weaved during the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Nov. 30th. Mehmet Celebri (M.EERI,1980) says engineers will use the information to improve building codes, design stronger structures and learn even more about earthquakes. Read more/watch

2twoWere You in an Area That Shook the Hardest? Researchers Map Shaking Felt Across Anchorage in Big Quake (KTUU ANCHORAGE) John Thornley (M.EERI,2008), wears many hats, including serving as geotechnical engineer for Golder Associates and chair of the Geo-Technical Advisory Commission for the Municipality of Anchorage. He's also working on a Doctorate in earthquake engineering, focused specifically on Anchorage's geological response to seismic events. He and a team of researchers have developed "shake maps" in response to last month's earthquakes. They explain each of the three shake maps to Channel 2. Read more/watch 

3threeScientists Claim Progress in Earthquake Prediction (Washington Post) Scientists based at Los Alamos National Laboratory published two papers (12/17/18) in the journal Nature Geoscience reporting what they say could be a breakthrough in predicting earthquakes. One paper emerged from laboratory research. The other was focused on subtle seismic signals along the Cascadia subduction zone off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Read more

4fourLessons Learned from Kīlauea Eruption’s Media Frenzy (EOS) The Kīlauea eruption earlier this year unleashed a media bonanza. Here are nine tips about how to debunk geohazard misinformation in real time from a scientist frequently tapped for expert comments. The presentation, which was given at AGU's Fall Meeting 2018, provides useful tips for facing the media in response to a natural disaster. Read more

5fiveLawmakers Could Face Debate Over Earthquake Damage (The News Tribune) Kansas lawmakers are likely to face renewed debate in the next legislative session about how or whether to hold oil and gas companies accountable for property damage caused by earthquakes in Kansas. Read more

6sixCan Rivers Cause Earthquakes? (Scientific American) New research by geologists at Colorado State University and the University of Kentucky suggests that earthquakes in East Tennessee happen most frequently where large volumes of rock have been excavated from Earth’s surface by river erosion, and argues that the unloading of rock from the surface causes increased earthquake frequency. This study’s results are specific to the East Tennessee Seismic Zone, but if so, could help explain some quakes that happen far from tectonic-plate boundaries. Read more

7seven7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Philippines (UPI) On Dec. 29, 2018 a 7.0-magnitude undersea earthquake struck off Davao Oriental in the Philippines, frightening residents and triggering an initial tsunami alert. The epicenter of the earthquake, which hit at 11:39 a.m. local time, was pinpointed 52 miles east-southeast of Pondaguitan, Philippines. Read more


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