Subduction zones are the source of the world’s most dangerous earthquakes and tsunamis. UTIG’s researchers are on a mission to understand them By Constantino Panagopulos On Jan. 26, 1700, a barrage of tsunamis ripped across the Pacific Ocean at the speed of a jet liner. The 100-foot waves slammed into the northwest coast of America… Continue Reading In Search of the Next Big One
Scientists who drilled deeper into an undersea earthquake fault than ever before have found that the tectonic stress in Japan’s Nankai subduction zone is less than expected, according to a study from researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and University of Washington. The findings, published in the journal Geology, are a puzzle because… Continue Reading Deepest Scientific Ocean Drilling Sheds Light on Japan’s Next Great Earthquake
Earthquakes — like lightning — strike unpredictably. The Earth’s tectonic plates, however, hide subtle warnings that a major fault may soon break. Like forecasting a thunderstorm, knowing how to read the warnings could help communities protect lives, infrastructure and local economies. For decades, scientists have struggled to reliably give forecasts for major earthquake hotspots, but… Continue Reading Earthquake Forecasts Move a Step Closer to Reality
Rob Porritt, a UTIG postdoc, along with three UT Geology undergraduate students traveled to the Mojave desert in California in May to deploy 19 broadband seismic sensors. All were successfully placed over the course of six arduous days in the desert. “This was by far the hardest deployment I’ve ever done,” said Rob. “We stressed… Continue Reading From the Field: Installing Seismic Sensors in the Mojave Desert
Ph.D. candidate Gail Muldoon tells the story of how a phone call brought her to Texas and eventually Antarctica.
Continue Reading Changing Fields: From the Stars to Antarctica