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Natural Hazards

Optical fiber map
October 19, 2017
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

The same optical fibers that deliver high-speed internet and HD video to our homes could one day double as seismic sensors for monitoring and studying earthquakes.


illustration of satellite approaching Florida
September 1, 2017
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford experts comment on how climate change and infrastructure planning contribute to the severity of impacts from extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey.

view of Cajon Pass
March 14, 2016

Research based on a new study of California's 1812 earthquake yields insights to improve future seismic hazard predictions.

Fukushima power plant worker pointing his finger
March 7, 2016

On the fifth anniversary of the partial meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, Stanford's Rodney Ewing says we should rethink our language, reassess natural disaster risks and appreciate the links between nuclear energy and renewables.

Mark Zoback
February 22, 2016
Research by Stanford Earth's Mark Zoback finds that the recent spike in triggered earthquakes in Oklahoma is primarily due to the injection of wastewater produced during oil production.
Rod Ewing talking
January 22, 2016
America’s nuclear waste is accumulating at over seventy sites in 39 states – but there is no clear way forward for its final disposal.
Aliso Canyon gas leak
January 22, 2016

Rob Jackson breaks down the massive natural gas storage facilities leak in Southern California.

Mexican powerplant worker investigating a radioactive leak
January 15, 2016

Rod Ewing and coauthors warn that a proposal to bury plutonium in New Mexico underestimates the risks.

A graph
January 4, 2016

A study by Stanford geophysicists shows that earthquakes resulting from wastewater injection follow several indicative patterns that are starkly different from natural causes.

Miles drawing
December 17, 2015

Stanford Earth’s multimedia producer Miles Traer captures the latest scientific discoveries presented at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting in this ongoing series of cartoons drawn live from the event.

Algorithm earthquake data
December 4, 2015

A new algorithm designed to find matching seismic signals in large earthquake databases could find previously missed microquakes.