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Natural Hazards

bricks fell from a house because of an earthquake
August 2, 2017
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

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.

April 28, 2017
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Studying how and why bridges have collapsed in the past identifies the limitation of current risk assessment approach and demonstrates the value of new perspectives on climate change impact.

Clouds and waves
April 24, 2017

A new four-step “framework” aims to test the contribution of climate change to record-setting extreme weather events.

flood street
March 21, 2017
Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh warns that heavy California rains like those experienced this past winter are here to stay.
Child wears mouth mask in Beijing with air pollution in background.
February 28, 2017

Rather than talk about the negative things, point to the co-benefits of finding climate solutions – from economics and jobs to water and the air we breathe.

fault slip diagram
February 27, 2017

A new software tool can help reduce the risk of triggering manmade earthquakes by calculating the probability that oil and gas injection activities will trigger slip in nearby faults.

Jon Payne holding whale vertebrae
December 19, 2016

Some of our favorite research stories from Stanford Earth scholars in 2016.

Oklahoma oil rigs
November 30, 2016

Stanford scientists predict that over the next few years, the rate of earthquakes induced by wastewater injection in Oklahoma will decrease significantly. But the potential for damaging earthquakes will remain high.

 

October 3, 2016
Stanford Earth professor Jon Payne puts modern extinction in context by comparing them with Earth's five previous mass extinctions.
earthquake damaged wall
September 22, 2016

The largest recorded earthquake in East Texas was triggered by the high-volume injections of wastewater from oil and gas activities deep underground. 

woman walking in snow
September 1, 2016

The simultaneous occurrence of warm winters in the West and cold winters in the East has significantly increased in recent decades. The damaging and costly phenomenon is very likely attributable to human-caused climate change, according to a new study.