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It’s the nightmare scenario: A magnitude 7.8 earthquake begins at the southern end of the San Andreas Fault and the rupture continues moving northwest 200 miles along the fault to a spot about 50 miles north of Los Angeles. Buildings collapse, wildfires spark, and electric power and water systems are damaged. Experts project such an…

The 2010 Earthquake in Haiti, 2000 Years Ago

Scientists have discovered underwater evidence that Haiti’s unusual 2010 earthquake may not have been the first of its kind in the region. They took core samples from the seafloor that reveal a 2000-year-old sequence of sediment layers closely resembling landslide deposits triggered by the 2010 quake, indicating an older event of similar violence and other…

New York Times Green Blog, Discovery News, LiveScience, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle, Reuters, Nature News Blog, Businessweek, StateImpact Texas/KUT/NPR, August 6-7, 2012 Featuring: Cliff Frohlich

Most earthquakes in the Barnett Shale region of North Texas occur within a few miles of one or more injection wells used to dispose of wastes associated with petroleum production such as hydraulic fracturing fluids, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin. None of the quakes identified in the two-year study…

After successfully reentering the wellhead 4.3 miles below the ship, we began drilling towards the fault that unleashed the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

How do you insert a drill bit into a 20-inch well head 7 kilometers below your ship? Read Patrick Fulton’s second post from aboard the drill ship Chikyu near Japan.

Greetings from the scientific deep sea drilling vessel Chikyu. Our focus is to quickly drill into and study the fault that caused the March 2011 Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

State Impact Texas (NPR/KUT), Feb. 8, 2012 Featuring: Cliff Frohlich

Experts see no big danger in fracturing

Houston Chronicle, Jan. 22, 2012 Featuring: Cliff Frohlich

Traditionally, geothermal energy has been associated with regions of intense volcanic or hydrothermal activity, like Iceland. For decades, however, scientists have wondered if the less volatile subsurface in areas such as Texas could provide economically viable locations for geothermal power. Bruce Cutright, a research associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology, and colleagues are helping answer that question through several…

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