A collection of research and insights from Stanford experts on where and how earthquakes happen, why prediction remains elusive, advances in detection and monitoring, links to human activities, how to prepare for "The Big One," and more.
Tiny movements in Earth’s outermost layer may provide a Rosetta Stone for deciphering the physics and warning signs of big quakes. New algorithms that work a little like human vision are now detecting these long-hidden microquakes in the growing mountain of seismic data.
“This fault was what we call critically stressed – only a small change in conditions could cause that fault to move, which is ultimately what happened,” says Bill Ellsworth in the context of the 2017 Pohang earthquake.
A geothermal project triggered a damaging earthquake in 2017. A new analysis suggests flaws in some of the most common ways of trying to minimize the risk of such quakes when harnessing the Earth's heat for energy.
New data on the 1999 disaster in Izmit, Turkey shows little quakes preceding the big one were unrelated and detecting foreshocks won't help predict major quakes. Bill Ellsworth of Stanford Earth led the research.
New research shows manmade and naturally occurring earthquakes in the central U.S. share the same characteristics, information that will help scientists predict and mitigate damage from future earthquakes.