Vasquez Canyon Road, California, suffers extensive distortion on a longer time frame

A large part of the road in Santa Clarita, California experienced rising off the grounds and extensive distortion for at least 3.5 hours on November 10, 2015. In the next couple of days, the road experienced further buckling, and up to date the road was closed over a 3

November 27, 2015

Famous Egremni Beach in Greece completely wipped away by a series of large landslides

A series of large landslides, triggered by the strong earthquake that hit near the west coast of Greece on November 17, 2015, caused one of the world's most beautiful beaches, on the island of Lefkada, to perish.In bad geological news, Egremni beach basically disapp

November 23, 2015

A new answer to a long standing question of how plate tectonics started on Earth

An international team of geologists have proposed a new answer to a long standing question how plate tectonics started on Earth in the first place. They were able to demonstrate how the first sinking of litospheric plates, which is a key process of plate tectonics, occu

November 13, 2015

3D imaging enables scientists to make more accurate forecasts of volcanic unrest

New, highly precise and high-resolution 3D imaging technique has been employed on the magma chambers and volcanic "plumbing" below the Mono Craters volcanic basin, Eastern California, US. Results have provided valuable information on the size of the chambers,

October 31, 2015

A new mud volcano island forms in the Sea of Azov, Russia

A new mud volcano island formed in the Sea of Azov, Russia, media reports. Amazing phenomenon appeared only a few meters off the shores of the Taman Peninsula on October 25, 2015, spewing out a mixture of water, sand, dirt and gases. A local resident witnessed its forma

October 27, 2015

Rapid land sinking threatens premises in California

The extensive groundwater pumping, in response to a historical drought that has dried out the grounds of California, has caused the the land to sink, the Department of Water Resources announced on August 19, 2015. The San Joaquin Valley is now sinking at an extremely fa

August 30, 2015

New research finds rainwater can penetrate below the Earth's upper crust

University of Southampton researchers have found that rainwater can penetrate below the Earth's fractured upper crust. Fluids derived from rainwater were found at the ductile crust - where temperatures of more than 300 C and high pressures cause rocks to flex

July 17, 2014

There may be a second massive ocean deep beneath the surface

Chemically bonded to minerals in the transition zone, Earth's mantle may be rather wet...  Deep within the Earth, staggering pressures mix with high temperatures to compact regular materials into exotic minerals. Under these extreme conditions,

March 15, 2014

Study reveals how dust inside faults may contribute to earthquakes

A new study looks at how powdery material inside faults may contribute to earthquakes. According to geologist Ze'ev Reches of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, US, the gradual buildup of stress in a fault as plates collide or slide past each other is

July 18, 2013

Large, distant earthquakes may cause smaller quakes at U.S. drilling sites

From the late 1960s until 2000, there were only 21 earthquakes a year with a magnitude greater than 3 in central and eastern United States. But from 2010-2012, the region experienced over 300. In a paper in Science, researchers think they may have

July 13, 2013

Touring the ocean bottom - Visualization of our planet without water features

The ocean is the most prominent feature on Earth, and of immeasurable importance to life on the planet. But what would it look like if all of the water was drained out of it?  Though ships have mapped only a small portion of the ocean floor, satellites are used

June 22, 2013

Old Faithful's hidden cavern discovered

A new study of the Yellowstone National Park geyser shows that the underground plumbing of the Old Faithful looks like a bagpipe. Scientists report, in study published online March 30, 2013 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, that a big chamber is

April 23, 2013

New study could rewrite history of Auckland's volcanic field

A new study released in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research suggests that Rangitoto, a monogenetic shield volcano near Auckland, New Zealand, and other volcanoes in the Auckland Field might have been more active during the last few thousand years than

April 16, 2013

Ancient micro-continent found under the Indian Ocean

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found evidence of an ancient micro-continent buried beneath the Indian Ocean which formed in the last 16 millions years. This ancient precambrian continent, named Mauritia, extends more than 1500 km in length from the

March 05, 2013

How thick is the crust beneath Antarctica?

A giant ice cap up to 3,800 meters (2,36 miles ) thick covers about 99 % of the Antarctic continent, and under the layer of frozen water lays continental crust. Researchers  analyzed seismic data from the South pole to create a new most detailed map showing the

January 29, 2013

Safeland project - Landslide reports

The EU-funded Safeland Project is a very large, multi-institution research programme designed to develop generic quantitative risk assessment and management tools and strategies for landslides at local, regional, European and societal scales and establish the

November 20, 2012

Louisiana sinkhole - Crude oil in cavern and sinkhole being removed, evacuation order remains

Texas Brine Co. of Houston began removing crude oil trapped in a failed company salt cavern inside the Napoleonville Dome in northern Assumption Parish, company and government officials said on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. The state Office of Conservation approved

October 17, 2012

Aeromagnetic survey of Long Valley and Mono Basin volcanic areas announced

USGS volcanologists and geophysicists plan to conduct the first comprehensive, high-resolution airborne magnetic survey of the rock layers under Mono Basin and Long Valley, on the east side of the Sierra Nevada in California next week.Residents and visitors should

October 15, 2012

New official image of Louisiana sinkhole shows significant growth - heavy odour reported

An new official map of the Louisiana sinkhole dimensions was uploaded to the Assumption Parish website on October 14, 2012:Red Line: August 19, 2012Green Line: September 21, 2012Blue Line: October 14, 2012Yellow line is oil boomThe original image can be

October 15, 2012

The "Sombrero uplift" - ground deformation detected in Altiplano–Puna volcanic province

In a study published today, October 12, 2012 in Science, scientists used radar data from the ESA's ERS and Envisat missions to study an unusual uplift near the Uturuncu volcano, which had been dormant for 270 000 years.Authors of the study led by Yuri Fialko have

October 12, 2012

Is Earth undergoing a true polar wander?

Scientist claim that true polar wander is happening now. True polar wander is a solid-body rotation of a planet with respect to its spin axis, causing the geographic locations of the North and South Poles to change, or

October 06, 2012

Open-source archive of active faults for northwest South America

The article titled "Open-source archive of active faults for northwest South America," by Gabriel Veloza and colleagues  introduces the "Active Tectonics of the Andes Database". It should provide more data to more geoscientists. Their work includes the locations and

October 03, 2012

“Global patterns of loss of life from landslides” by prof. Dave Petley (free download)

Dave Petley is the Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk in the Department of Geography at Durham University in the UK. His blog provides a commentary on landslide events occurring worldwide, including the landslides themselves, latest research, and conferences and

October 01, 2012

Santorini volcanic island have risen 14 cm since January 2011

Scientists have discovered that the Greek Santorini island group has been inflating, slowly rising and moving outward, around a point just north of the Kameni islands. Despite being dormant for over half a century, satellites have detected slight

September 11, 2012

Earth 100 million years from now (video)

Earth's landmasses were not always what they are today. Continents formed as Earth's crustal plates shifted and collided over long periods of time. This video shows how today's continents are thought to have evolved over the last 600 million years, and where they'll

September 06, 2012

Elevated levels of radioactive elements found at Louisiana sinkhole site

Louisiana massive sinkhole gets bigger every day and gas bubbles have been located now in thirteen sites on the bayous around Ground Bayou. After a section of pipeline in the slurry area became bent, officials asked natural gas companies operating near the sinkhole to

August 25, 2012

Louisiana sinkhole - fears of radioactivity and gas explosion as sinkhole gets bigger

Boiling bubbles in the waters of Bayou Corne, in Assumption Parish, about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge in Louisiana, US, concerned residents in mid-May. Then, suddenly a massive sinkhole appeared on August 3. It forced the closure of nearby highway 70 after a gas

August 16, 2012

New mountain found on the ocean floor off the coast of Iceland

Multi-beam measurements on a mission of research vessel Arni Fridriksson earlier this summer revealed vast underwater mountain deep roots from the continental shelf of 120 nautical miles west of the peninsula. The unnamed mountain on the ocean floor off the west coast

August 13, 2012

Plate tectonics discovered on Mars

A UCLA scientist has discovered that the geological phenomenon known as "plate tectonics", which involves the movement of huge crustal plates beneath a planet's surface, also exists on Mars. An Yin, planetary geologist and a UCLA professor of Earth and space sciences

August 11, 2012

New study shows Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake risk to be much higher than previously thought

America's Pacific Northwest has a 37% chance of being hit by a magnitude 8 or larger earthquake in the next 50 years, a new study shows. That's more than double previous estimates of a 10-15% risk. Great Subduction Zone earthquakes are the largest

August 08, 2012

Growth of Earth's inner core may be a precursor to the magnetic reversal

A new finding suggests that shifts in the geomagnetic field are connected to growth of the inner core. Peter Olson and Renaud Deguen of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, used numerical modelling to establish that the axis of Earth's magnetic field

July 18, 2012

Can fracking contaminate drinking water?

Hydraulic fracturing uses pressurised fluid to crack open deep shale rocks to release the methane trapped within them. Geologists say this potentially harmful fluid is unlikely to percolate up through a few kilometres of rock to reach the shallow aquifers that supply

July 15, 2012

Residents of Assumption Parish (US) report earth tremors and venting streams of natural gas surfacing the waterways

Residents in a swampy area of northern Assumption Parish reported earth tremors as well as venting streams of natural gas roiling the surface of waterways for about a month. Residents reported tremors last month and again on Tuesday and Wednesday. Assumption Parish

July 09, 2012

Understanding earthquakes and tectonic tremors

Seismic stations worldwide are recording strong earthquakes on daily basis. Every month the earth is shaken by approximately 80,000 earthquakes, at a rate of 2 earthquakes a minute. There is an earthquake taking place somewhere right now.Within the last few years

July 08, 2012

Seattle fault can generate bigger earthquakes then previously thought

The Seattle Fault, a zone of east-west thrust faults under the Puget Sound and Seattle, last ruptured in a magnitude-7.0 to -7.5 earthquake about 1,100 years ago. It's due for another one, but scientists don't know when that might happen. However, they warn that an

June 30, 2012