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In the 4th century BC, Aristotle proposed that earthquakes were caused by winds trapped in subterranean caves. Small tremors were triggered by air pushing on the cavern roofs, large ones by air breaking the surface. We now know a good…
Earthquakes from time immemorial have attracted the attention of the world’s greatest thinkers. That they continue to do so is no wonder for two outstanding reasons: they cause tremendous havoc, and, though we know a great deal about them, they…
A planned kayaking expedition in Nepal took on a whole new dimension for Jonny Hawkins when he found himself caught in the devastating Gorkha earthquake. Thoughts of exploration soon turned to helping those in need
Scientists from Bristol University are working in conjunction with EDF Energy to test the effect of earthquakes on nuclear reactor cores
In the 1930s, Charles Richter developed a simple scale for measuring earthquakes which is still in use today. Geographical profiles this brilliant and somewhat eccentric man
Models suggest that far from ending at the Imperial Valley, the San Andreas Fault may be linked to two other faults in the region, forming a continuous line from California into Mexico
Researchers at Colombia University have answered a question that has confounded scientists for decades – why are earthquakes in the ocean linked to low-tide?
How prepared can any government or city be against a major earthquake? Even if you are a developed nation that throws all the technology you have at the issue, it seems you can only prepare so much
Benjamin Hennig creates a series of cartograms to demonstrate the impact of the 439 major earthquakes which took place between 2001 and 2017
The discovery of a slow-motion earthquake near Istanbul, which took place in 2016, raises the question of how these lesser-known events interact with more deadly natural disasters
Everything we thought we knew about eruptions could be wrong
Why unprepared tourists are putting themselves at risk in order to see live volcanic eruptions
The reason for the unusual location of Mount St Helens is becoming clearer
Major earthquakes are triggering seismic activity half the world away
Earlier this week, Indonesia was struck by a series of powerful earthquakes. Photographer and island resident, Alfie Minnaar files this special photographic report as the islanders of Gili Trawangan attempt to deal with the aftermath
How does the proposed allocation of ‘Zealandia’ as an independent continent affect our understanding of the planet’s continental organisation?
Fears that volcano eruptions in Iceland are set to regularly disrupt air travel are being tempered by a new study into the frequency of such events

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