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We enable the broad consumption of earthquake information by the general public while educating and training students at all levels.

Beirut Explosion Israel Network

An Explosion in Beirut heard all over the Middle East

The terrible explosion which devastated the port of Beirut and large parts of the downtown area of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday sent shock waves through the Middle East and parts of southeastern Europe. Seismometers as far away as 600 miles from the blast site recorded the seismic waves it produced...

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Dr. Noel Bartlow: Faults slip slowly in Cascadia:

The Cascadia Subduction Zone has occasional large earthquakes and frequent slow-slip events. A new study quantifies how these slow-slip events accommodate tectonic plate motion...
(Read more at Temblor)

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ERC Interviews Professor Barbara Romanowicz

Barbara Romanowicz, geophysicist and expert on imaging the earth's interior, has been a member of the ERC’s Scientific Council since 2016. She explains the nature of her research, its reach across the planet and also updates us on gender issues developments at the ERC....
(Read more at ERC)

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Quake in Turkey highlights the hazard in the East Bay

Three days after a strong earthquake struck the eastern Turkish provinces of Elazig and Malatya, rescue crews are still trying to free survivors from the rubble of collapsed buildings. More than 40 people are known to have been killed in the quake, which shook the region on Friday evening, local time...

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Deadly Earthquakes in the Muertos Trough

For the past eleven days, the US territory of Puerto Rico has been shaken by hundreds of earthquakes, culminating in a magnitude 5.8 temblor on Monday and a deadly magnitude 6.4 quake in the early morning hours of today (Tuesday, local time).

Peggy Hellweg

Dr. Peggy Hellweg at PubScience Jan 16th

Dr. Peggy Hellweg talks about the "Earthquakes in our Backyard" at PubScience, Jan 16th at 6 PM, at the Little Hill Lounge in El Cerrito (10753 San Pablo Ave) More info at The CLEAR Project

Roland Burgmann

Prof. Roland Bürgmann Elected AAAS Fellow

Roland Bürgmann was elected a 2019 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for outstanding contributions to research, teaching, innovation, service to societies and to the public in geodynamics, tectonics, rheology, seismology, geodesy and volcanology.

Michael Manga

Prof. Michael Manga Elected AAAS Fellow

Michael Manga was elected at 2019 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for many outstanding contributions to geological processes involving fluids in physical volcanology, geodynamics, hydrogeology, and geomorphology, and for service to academe, government, and societies.