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’ […]

Ancient tsunami evidence on Mars reveals life potential

ITHACA, N.Y. – The geologic shape of what were once shorelines through Mars’ northern plains convinces scientists that two large meteorites – hitting the planet millions of years apart – triggered a pair of mega-tsunamis. These gigantic waves forever scarred the Martian landscape and yielded evidence of cold, salty oceans conducive to sustaining life. “About […]

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 […]

Haiyan’s storm surges reached 20-feet, expert available to explain science

Philip Liu, Cornell professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is an internationally recognized expert on ocean waves and their impact on coastlines and structures. He led the NSF-sponsored group of U.S. scientists who investigated the aftermath of the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Involved in tsunami research for more than 30 years, Liu helped to […]