Natural disasters

Oso landslide was an anomaly

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An article in Science magazine describes how geology and heavy rains contributed to the huge Oso landslide that flowed much farther than other slides of similar size. Even for Slide-Prone Region, Landslide Was Off the Chart (Subscription only) As Science went to press, 27 people in that community of Oso, an hour’s drive north of…

Human activity triggered OK quake which may have induced another quake

Map from http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2013/11/04/mapped-oklahomas-earthquake-swarm/

As a geologist, I often get questions about fracking. In Oklahoma, many small earthquakes have plagued residents and kept them on edge wondering why the sudden surge in seismicity. One of the large quakes has been linked to wastewater fluid injection (not fracking) and this inadvertant release of stress may have stressed another area leading…

Physicist suggests putting up walls against tornadoes

2004. http://www.flickriver.com/photos/stormscapephotos/578226421/

There have been many imaginative ideas about how to stop tornado destruction in the U.S., particularly in the area known as Tornado Alley where they are ubiquitous. Change the wind direction? Missiles? Bombs? Ice? How about walls? Can giant walls protect the USA from tornadoes? One scientist thinks we can protect parts of the central…

More news on earthquake lights – now the flashing variety

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Back in January, we showcased an article about the potential explanation for earthquake lights – the glow or flashes that are rarely, but certainly, observed in relation to earthquakes in particular fault areas. Now, more comes to light. Scientists find voltage spikes associated with crack-like defects in fine grained materials. Mysterious Flashing ‘Earthquake Lights’ Maybe Explained.…

The Corvette sinkhole – sinks happen, car lovers lament

National Corvette Museum handout photo shows a sink hole that swallowed eight Corvettes in Bowling Green

This story broke yesterday as geologists and car lovers took notice of this very unusual incident. Corvettes fall into sinkhole at National Corvette Museum – CNN.com. Eight valuable ‘vettes at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s National Corvette Museum fell victim to a 40-foot-wide, 20-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up in the facility’s yellow Sky Dome wing. The museum…

The New Madrid fault – and yet it moves

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Seismologists take a look at the aftershock activity on this intra-plate seismic zone and then make a Monty Python joke. Unfortunately, it’s not funny… Study: New Madrid fault zone alive and active. The New Madrid fault zone in the nation’s midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes, scientists reported Thursday. It’s “not dead…

“Sinkhole” swallows houses in Brazil (UPDATE: Houses collapsed due to poor foundation)

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This occurred in Brazil, in a town called Abaetetuba, in the northern state of Para. I’m currently looking into it. Updates to follow. Note this video is speeded up. It does not happen quite so quickly as depicted. NOTE: This is commonly referred to on mystery mongering sites as “earth changes” signaling some massive pattern of destruction.…

New paper on earthquake lights show they are a reality

Kimyo earthquake lights. Photo Credit: Karl V. Steinbrugge Collection, Earthquake Engineering Research Center.

I am so excited about this story. As a geologist who has studied anomalous phenomena connected to earthquakes, this is an excellent step forward to understanding earthquake lights. This will be of interest to Forteans, anomalists, geophysicists and even UFO chasers! Scientists find records of rare “earthquake lights”. They’ve been mistaken for UFOs or dismissed…

It’s just the normal noises here: Booming Kentucky, then a quake

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A sharp-eyed reader sent me this story about an earthquake last week in Kentucky that was preceeded by a mystery boom days before. Related? It’s a possibility. Small early-morning quake recorded in Bath County | State | Kentucky.com. A relatively small earthquake early Monday morning shook parts of Bath County, the Kentucky Geological Survey said.…

Expert debunks Fukushima radiation as link to starfish catastrophe

Pisaster ochraceus, Ochre sea star is affected by the wasting disease (Wikipedia)

In November, we brought you links to the disturbing story of the starfish wasting syndrome. The cause is unknown. The cause is STILL unknown. However, blame has fallen on Fukushima radiation for a huge array of real and imaginary problems noted in the Pacific. Here’s why this problem is NOT related to the Fukushima disaster.…

Yellowstone magma reservoir is full and bigger than expected

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But don’t panic. Eruption will only change global climate and catastrophically affect half the United States. There is nothing you can do about it so stop worrying. Huge Magma Pocket Lurks Beneath Yellowstone Supervolcano The magma reservoir lurking beneath a dormant supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park far exceeds past estimates of its size, a new…

BP oil spill linked to dolphin disease

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Bottlenose dolphins in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay are suffering from lung damage and adrenal hormone abnormalities from the BP oil spill, according to a new peer-reviewed study published Dec. 18, 2013 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Study links BP oil spill to dolphin deaths | theguardian.com. US government scientists have for the first time…