Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mud Pots - an extension of San Andreas fault?

Mud Pots Signal Possible Extension Of San Andreas Fault

ScienceDaily (2008-07-29) -- A linear string of mud pots and mud volcanoes suggest surface evidence for a southern extension of the San Andreas Fault that runs through the Salton Sea, according to a paper published in the August issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Nature article - Earthquake Prediction

Here is a BBC article on the recent Nature letter by Niu et al., which describes a new method and potential for earthquake prediction.

The article is entitled Preseismic velocity changes observed from active
source monitoring at the Parkfield SAFOD drill site
and the authors claim to have detected anomalous velocities in rock prior to rupture in two small earthquakes near Parkfield, California the experimental site on the San Andreas fault. Here is the abstract.

In 1999, Nature moderated a fascinating debate on earthquake prediction that I encourage people to read as well as the latest findings.