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Department of Earth Sciences

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Human-induced Earthquake Database

A team of Durham University and University of Newcastle researchers have released the HiQuake Database: an exhaustive, searchable database of all earthquakes that were thought to be induced by human activity. A paper describing the database can be downloaded for free. A recent article about this can be found here.

(5 Oct 2017)


Clues Found That Earth May Have a Thermostat Set to “Habitable”. Weathering of rocks can control Earth’s temperature over geologic timescales, new geochemical data suggest.

Scientists have long speculated on the possibility of a planetary thermostat keeping climate change in check. A new study published in the journal Geochemical Perspectives Letters provides the first-ever evidence of its existence.

(6 Sep 2017) » More about Clues Found That Earth May Have a Thermostat Set to “Habitable”. Weathering of rocks can control Earth’s temperature over geologic timescales, new geochemical data suggest.


First real-time measurements of Earth's surface displacement during major earthquake

A team of researchers led by the Department of Earth Sciences has collected the first real-time measurements of Earth’s surface displacement during a major earthquake, as published in the journal Scientific Reports

In a rapid-response study following the earthquake that occurred in Italy in August 2016, the research team developed and deployed specialised GPS receivers close to the fault line which caused the quake. Just two months later the receivers were able to precisely measure movements that occurred as a further Mw* 6.5 earthquake struck in October 2016, the largest event to occur in Italy in over 30 years.

The information gathered from this study will not only help further understanding of earthquake processes but will also help engineers to design more resilient infrastructure.

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(7 Jul 2017)