Experts on watch for more explosions on Stromboli volcano
ROME (AP) — Scientists are keeping close watch for more spectacular explosions of lava and ash from Stromboli volcano, which appears to be in its most active phase in around 100...
Italy’s Stromboli volcano erupts anew, spewing fiery lava
ROME (AP) — The Stromboli volcano has erupted, spewing fiery chunks of lava onto the tiny Italian island and alarming residents and tourists.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's geophysics agency said it has ended a tsunami warning that was triggered by a strong earthquake Friday east of Sulawesi island.
Earthquake, aftershocks hit rural southwestern Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An earthquake that struck Tuesday in a rural area near the Idaho-Montana border was felt as far away as Helena and was followed by multiple aftershocks, but no damage was...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — College students in Idaho are searching for the remains of inmates buried at a penitentiary decades ago.
KBOI-TV reports the Idaho Historical Society asked the...
Maine scientist finds tiny plants thrive under Greenland ice
EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A study authored by a scientist with a Maine lab says microscopic plants are able to thrive beneath the ice that covers the Greenland Sea.
Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay says the study will help researchers better understand the importance of the plants, called phytoplankton. Senior research scientist Paty Matrai of Bigelow authored the study, which appeared in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.
Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami
CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities urged people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami.
Sicilian airport reopens amid Mount Etna’s latest eruption
ROME (AP) — Italy's Catania airport resumed full operations a day after an ash cloud from Mount Etna's latest eruption forced it to shut down, while fiery red lava could be seen shooting from the volcano in eastern Sicily on Tuesday.
Ashes coated streets and sidewalks in the mountain towns of Zafferana Etnea and Santa Venerina. No evacuations of residents, many of whom work on farms or in tourism, were ordered.
New study explains creation of deadly California ‘firenado’
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer's deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday.
The churning funnel of smoke and flame killed a firefighter as it exploded in what already was a vast and devastating wildfire in July on the edge of Redding, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of San Francisco.
Large earthquakes off Vancouver Island
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.6 magnitude quake about 160 miles (260 kilometres) west of Tofino, followed by a 6.8 tremor and then a third measuring 6.5.
Survey geophysicist Zachary Reeves said all three quakes occurred in the same general area over about an hour and at a shallow depth of approximately six miles (10 kilometres).
Oregon State scientists examine Mount St. Helens formation
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University scientists may have the answer to why Mount St. Helens is out of line with other major volcanoes on the Cascade Range.
University geophysicist Adam Schultz and his team think a giant subsurface rock formation diverted magma, causing Mount St. Helens to form west of the Cascadia Arc, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Monday.
Mount Etna volcano roars into action with ash and lava
ROME (AP) — Mount Etna in Sicily has roared back into spectacular volcanic action, sending up plumes of ash and spewing lava.
Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) says that the volcano, which initially "re-awoke" in late July, sprang into fuller action Thursday evening by shooting up chunks of flaming lava as high as 150 meters (500 feet) almost constantly.
Alaska Volcano Observatory to get $12M for equipment, staff
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Volcano Observatory is getting $12 million in additional federal funding to update equipment and hire more staff.
Small earthquake shakes central Virginia
LOUISA, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says there was a small earthquake in central Virginia.
The agency's website shows that a magnitude 1.7 earthquake occurred around 3:42 a.m. Thursday about 5 miles (8 kilometers) southeast of Louisa, at a depth of nearly 2 miles (3.1 kilometers).
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Research suggests the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that rocked California wine country in 2014 may have been caused by an expansion of Earth's crust because of seasonally receding groundwater under the Napa and Sonoma valleys.
The vineyard-filled valleys flank the West Napa Fault, which produced the quake that killed one person, injured several hundred and caused more than $500 million in losses.
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local):
A Hawaii man hit by a flying piece of lava says the molten rock nearly cut his left leg in half.
Darryl Clinton told the Honolulu television station KHON that he was on the roof of a home helping to put out fires from flying rocks on Saturday morning.
That's when an explosion a couple hundred yards away launched a "lava bomb" his way. It hit him above the ankle.
Ground-penetrating radar in hunt for dead in racial massacre
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Researchers searching for a possible mass grave from a racial massacre in 1887 said they picked up signals Thursday of disturbed earth at a south Louisiana site, but they cautioned they don't know yet what ground-penetrating radar detected.
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has erupted from its summit, shooting a dusty plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky.
Mike Poland, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, confirmed the explosion on Thursday. It comes after more than a dozen fissures recently opened miles to the east of the crater and spewed lava into neighborhoods.
Those areas were evacuated as lava destroyed at least 26 homes and 10 other structures.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The world's largest active geyser has erupted four times in the last seven weeks, a spate of activity that has geophysicists excited about the Yellowstone National Park water feature.
The Steamboat Geyser, which can shoot water up to 300 feet (91 meters) high, erupted last Friday and continued to spew water into Monday.
Geologists say N. Korea’s nuclear test site likely collapsed
BEIJING (AP) — Research by Chinese geologists suggests that the mountain above North Korea's main nuclear test site has likely collapsed, rendering it unsafe for further testing and requiring that it be monitored for any leaking radiation.
Scientists have mapped the precise route of the magma plume feeding the famed and sometimes-feared Yellowstone hotspot from the surface of the Earth all the way to its outer core.
The Permian Basin Geophysical Society and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists at UTPB Student Chapter will present distinguished lecturer William W. Symes from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the UTPB-CEED Building, 1310 N. FM 1788.
Symes will present the topic of "Advanced Imaging for Practitioners."
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Police and college students are using cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar to search for the body of a southwestern Idaho woman, who went missing more than 50 years ago.
Nampa police officers and geophysics students from Boise State University began the search Wednesday, targeting areas underneath the Nampa School District administration building.
Rush hour earthquake shakes region
The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) reported a 4.1 magnitude earthquake on Thursday that briefly shook the region and to some went unnoticed all together. It occurred near 5 p.m.
The earthquake, which was really a tremor, was originally reported as a 4.4 magnitude earthquake but was quickly downgraded to 4.1.
New geoscience lab prepares UTPB students
With its new geosciences laboratory, students in Sumit Verma’s geology and geophysics courses at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin are using some of the same software used by the petroleum industry.
Donated by Schlumberger, the software is worth an estimated $44 million, said Verma, who is geology program head and assistant professor of geophysics.
Study: More evidence links earthquakes to energy waste wells
DENVER (AP) — Scientists say they have more evidence that an increase in earthquakes on the Colorado-New Mexico border since 2001 has been caused by wells that inject wastewater from oil and gas production back underground, similar to human-caused quakes in Oklahoma and other states.
A paper published last week by researchers at the University of Colorado concluded that the wastewater caused a big enough increase in underground pressure to make rock formations slip along fault lines.
Half a century into his quest to explain Yellowstone’s always-moving subsurface, Bob Smith finally got his hands on detailed seismic data that sheds light on the biggest of park icons: Old Faithful.
It was late November 2015, and the geophysicist and his University of Utah colleagues anticipated that each blow of the geyser would correspond with the Earth shaking from pressurized superheated water fizzling up through fractured rock.
Soft soil makes Mexico City shake like it was built on jelly
WASHINGTON (AP) — The soft soil that lines the ancient lake bed that Mexico City is built on amplified the shaking from Tuesday's earthquake and increased its destructive force, seismologists say as they try to better understand the quake that has killed more than 200 people.
Scientists are looking at other quirks of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake, including the absence of aftershocks and if it is somehow related to a distant, even stronger, Mexican temblor that struck a dozen days earlier.
University institute tailors research for Defense Department
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is planning to refocus some of its research on U.S. Department of Defense interests in an effort to secure more government funding.
Geophysicist: Weight of Harvey rains caused Houston to sink
HOUSTON (AP) — A California geophysicist says the sheer weight of the torrential rains brought by Harvey has caused Houston to sink by 2 centimeters.
Chris Milliner, a postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, says water weighs about a ton per cubic meter and the flooding was so widespread that it "flexed Earth's crust."
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been looking into the science behind tsunami risk for Alaska's coastal communities.
Tsunami modelers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, Elena Suleimani and Dmitry Nicolsky, recently shared their discoveries with Juneau and Sitka in hopes of better preparing those communities for potential tsunamis.
3.2 earthquake hits Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An earthquake has hit the City of Augusta.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, centered 3.27 miles (5.26 km) southwest of Augusta with a 3.2 magnitude.
Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center, says the earthquake is considered minor.
The USGS says there's a possibility of aftershocks and cautioned residents that the quake could have been a "foreshock," which could be a prelude to another quake.
Strong quake hits Solomons; some damage but no tsunami
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck deep under Papua New Guinea on Sunday, causing damage and blackouts but no tsunami hours after the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert for nearby islands.
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Small earthquake shakes central Virginia
ASHLAND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says there was a small earthquake central Virginia.
Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center, said by telephone that a magnitude 2.2 earthquake occurred around 6:22 a.m. Thursday about 11 miles northwest of Ashland in Hanover County. He says there have been a few reports of people feeling the earthquake nearby in Beaverdam.
Caruso says quakes of this size are rarely felt and aren't expected to cause damage.
Bruce E. Johansen: Trump’s climate-change denial makes a miserable future more likely
If carbon dioxide had a sense of humor, it would get a monstrous laugh out of Donald Trump’s two-word dismissal of it: “Chinese hoax.” Now that our incoming president, as well as the majority of the House and Senate, are in full-blown denial of climate change, its main causal agent would be rolling in the aisles.
Temperatures from Yellowstone Lake vents hit new high
The amount of heat flowing out of hydrothermal vents in the floor of Yellowstone Lake appears to be much higher than previously thought.
“We often measured 100 watts per meter squared, which is ginormous,” said Rob Sohn, a geophysicist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who is leading the three-year, $5 million Hydrothermal Dynamics of Yellowstone Lake study. “The highest before was 16 watts, which was considered ginormous at the time.”
Oklahoma Geological Survey hires new state seismologist
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Geological Survey has announced the hiring of a new state seismologist to help study the increase in earthquakes linked to oil and gas wastewater disposal.
Survey Director Jeremy Boak announced Friday that Jacob Walter will assume the post in November. Walter is a research associate at the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas. His research interests include tectonic tremor and slow slip; earthquakes; and seismic triggering of earthquakes.