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December 13, 2017
West coast earthquake early warning system continues progress toward public use
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
A decade after beginning work on an earthquake early warning system, scientists and engineers are fine-tuning a U.S. West Coast prototype that could be in limited public use in 2018. In two papers published December 6 in Seismological Research Letters, researchers describe the key components and testing platform for the prototype ShakeAlert system, now being tested in California, Oregon and Washington. The development of ShakeAlert has shown that a dense network of seismic stations, swift tr ... read more

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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Iran's southeastern province of Kerman on Tuesday, the Iranian seismological centre reported, though minimal damage was reported. ... more
Quake hits Iran-Iraq border region
A tremor shook Kermanshah province in western Iran near Iraq's border Monday, causing panic a month after a major quake killed hundreds of people there, state media and officials said. ... more
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Seismologists worried by tremors in DR Congo
Seismologists in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday voiced concern after four light earthquakes were felt in the east of the country. ... more
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Eruption clues: UNH researchers create snapshot of volcano plumbing
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Time between world-changing volcanic super-eruptions less than previously thought
After analysing a database of geological records dated within the last 100,000 years, a team of scientists from the University of Bristol has discovered the average time between so-called volcanic s ... more
Thailand flood death toll rises to 15
Fifteen people have died and one million have been affected by flooding in Thailand's deep south, authorities said Tuesday. ... more
Albania sends in military rescue as heavy rains trigger huge floods
Thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed in Albania to rescue stranded residents after heavy rainfall triggered major flooding, and caused the death of a utility worker, officials and the power company said Sunday. ... more
6.0 quake causes light damage, power outages in Ecuador
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook coastal Ecuador Sunday, opening cracks in walls and cutting electricity in the province of Manabi, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of casualties. ... more
Bali volcano burns wedding dreams, threatens economy
Australian Tiarna Thompson had her dream Bali wedding all set, but there was one thing she did not count on: a volcano threatening its first major eruption in half a century. ... more
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Thousands of foreign tourists were leaving Bali by plane Thursday after an airport shutdown sparked by a rumbling volcano, but some visitors were irate at not being able to get off the Indonesian island paradise sooner. ... more
16 dead, 100 missing as cyclone hits India, Sri Lanka
A powerful cyclone has killed at least 16 people across India and Sri Lanka, uprooting trees and cutting power for millions amid warnings Friday that the storm would intensify. ... more
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Antarctic zircons tell story of early volcanism
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SMU seismology research shows North Texas earthquakes occurring on 'dead' faults
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