Unique record: 220,000 years of earthquake history
A 457-metre long “data treasure” in the shape of a drilling core from the Dead Sea provides a unique insight into past earthquake history. These findings are essential for improving seismic hazard assessment. Yin Lu is an expert in the field of paleoseismology and has recently joined the Sedimentary Geology research group at the Department of Geology.
Earthquakes are among the most devastating natural disasters on our planet. Especially large earthquakes with a magnitude above 7 are very dangerous. In order to understand the dynamics behind earthquakes, a look into the past is essential. However, this look does not go very far, as reliable seismological recordings only reach back about 100 years, and historical data are not sufficient in this respect. Researchers therefore rely on drilling cores from sediment deposits from the deep sea or even lakes to obtain precise data from prehistoric times…
Hurricane season 2020: Is global warming making hurricanes stronger?
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most active on record, according to the US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration.
There were a record-breaking 30 named storms, 12 of which made landfall in the continental United States.
It was the fifth consecutive year of above-normal Atlantic hurricane activity. But is this a result of global warming?
BBC World Service’s Climate Question podcast spoke to Renato Redentor Constantino, director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities…