Earth Observatory Blog

Submitted on 06 Nov 2017 by:

Typhoon Hato–one of the strongest typhoons in 53 years–struck the coasts of southern China on August 23, 2017. The typhoon, which claimed 26 lives and resulted in billions of dollars in economic losses, generated widespread storm surge flooding in the coastal cities of Macau and Zhuhai as it coincided with an usually high astronomical tide.

While Macau and its neighbouring city, Zhuhai, frequently experience storm events, the severity of flooding during Hato was the worst in recorded history.

Three days after the event, our survey team–a collaboration between the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Tsinghua University–was deployed to Macau and Zhuhai to investigate the impacts left by Typhoon Hato.


Submitted on 13 Sep 2017 by:

One of the things that first made me interested in geology was hearing about the number of places that geologists travel to for work.  As an undergraduate student at the University of Oregon, I learned that professors in the Department of Geological Sciences conducted research in exotic places such as Hawaii, Greenland, Antarctica, and Central Asia.

Fortunately, with some hard work, good decisions, and a bit of luck I have been able to travel to many places during my career as an earthquake geologist. In addition to my home base of California, where I manage the Fault Mapping and Zonation Program at the California Geological Survey, I have worked in...

Submitted on 08 Sep 2017 by:

In February 2017, scientists from the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) led an earthquake geology training camp in Myanmar and Thailand.

A diverse group of geology students – hailing from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, China, and the USA – joined the training course led by Dr Wang Yu, a Research Fellow at EOS, and Visiting Professor Ray Weldon from the University of Oregon.

The course was designed to allow scientists to share their knowledge about active fault trenching and paleoseismology with geology students who may not have had prior field experience.

Central to this training course was the idea that scientists and students from Southeast Asia countries could be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge so that...