Mexico earthquake severity tied to depth, unstable soils

More than 200 people are dead after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit central Mexico Tuesday afternoon. Geoffrey Abers is a geophysicist at Cornell University who uses the tools of earthquake seismology to understand the forces, material cycles, and deep structure of the Earth. He says the proximity of the Cocos plate to large population centers made […]

Mexico quake amongst largest intermediate-depth earthquakes ever recorded

Earlier today, a massive earthquake hit Mexico rattling the country’s capital and killing dozens of people. Geoff Abers, an expert of earthquake seismology and a professor of geophysics at Cornell University, says current estimates of an 8.2-magnitude makes this among the largest intermediate-depth earthquakes ever recorded. Bio: http://www.eas.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=gaa52   Abers says: “This is an ‘intermediate-depth’ […]

Geologists seek answers with largest deployment of seismometers along Alaskan Peninsula

  ITHACA, N.Y. – Using a fleet of airplanes, ships and intrepid scientists, Cornell is leading the largest single deployment of seismometers along the Alaskan Peninsula – a $4.5 million endeavor that geologists from across the country hope will solve long-standing mysteries about the region and the planet. “This is something I’ve wanted to see […]

Geologist available to comment on Chilean earthquake

Rick Allmendinger is a structural geologist who specializes in earthquake analysis at Cornell University – and he is also a visiting professor in the doctoral program at the Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta, Chile. Allmendinger has been doing work in Argentina and Chile since 1981.   Media Note: A detailed analysis and history of major […]

Fukushima 5 years later: nuclear energy and its cost

On March 11, 2011 a powerful earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, causing a devastating system failure at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. After five years, Japan – and the world – is still grappling with how to accommodate energy, safety and sustainability needs while still developing nuclear power. Hirokazu Miyazaki, professor of anthropology, and […]

Massive Chile quake may still not be the ‘big one’

  MEDIA UPDATE: A detailed analysis and history of major earthquake activity in western South America – and Professor Allmendinger’s prediction that the next major quake would happen in this region – can be found here. Rick Allmendinger is a structural geologist who specializes in earthquake analysis at Cornell University – and he is also […]