Six scientists and a government official were sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter by an Italian court on Monday, for failing to give adequate warning of an earthquake that killed more than 300 people in L’Aquila in 2009. Read more about the sentencing, and what ESS‘ John Vidale thinks about this decision.
On October 18th, the University of Washington will join with several other organizations and communities in participation of The Great ShakeOut. This annual, nation-wide event highlights the dangers of earthquakes, and ways that we can take action–before an earthquake happens–to reduce the impact it will have. The time & date is easy to remember: 10:18am on 10/18! Read more about this event, and how you can get involved, at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Center’s blog.
Parts of Washington and Oregon are in the midst of silent earthquakes this week. You can’t feel this so-called “slow slip” quake and it doesn’t cause damage, but they’re not fully understood either. ESS’ Ken Creager and John Vidale are quoted; read more here.
A panel of seismologists who met just days before the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, may face jail over their reassurances to the public. Image: Wolfango VIA Scientific American UNDER Creative Commons
Six Italian scientists and one government official are facing four years in prison for allegedly downplaying the severity of the risk of an earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, in 2009. ESS‘ John Vidale is quoted; read more here.
Image: Jon Connolly
An array of volcano-monitoring equipment on Mount Rainier is all serviced and ready for the big one, after maintenance work at high altitude. Learn more about these sensors here; Also check out this interview and photo collection by Jon Connolly, of the PNW Seismic Network, who got to work on the equipment last week.
Small quakes — between magnitude 3.0 and 4.1 — struck last week in both Oregon and California. The 3.5 magnitude earthquake striking in the Portland area on Friday did little damage. Same with the quakes around Fresno and Beverly Hills between last Monday and Friday. ESS‘ John Vidale stated that these quakes are not related to each other or to any other quakes around the world.
According to a new study, 19 huge earthquakes have occurred over the past 10,000 years along the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia Subduction Zone, each typically 8.7 to 9.2 on the Richter scale. This most comprehensive study of earthquake history off the Pacific Northwest coast suggests that there is a 40% chance of such an event happening in the next 50 years — but the probability is different in different locations. Read more here; ESS affiliate Art Frankel is quoted.