The Indian Ocean basin has long fascinated geoscientists. Currently one of the most actively deforming oceanic basins in the world, it’s produced five great earthquakes in just the past ten years – ranging in magnitude from 8.2 to 9.2.
Sinabung volcano in Sumatra, Indonesia, has been almost continuously erupting in the last three years. It has been on the highest alert level since 2013.
A magnitude-6.2 earthquake occurred about 300 km southeast of Bali Island on 9 June 2016 at approximately 12.13pm (Singapore Time). Its epicentre is estimated to be close to the Java Trench front with a shallow focal depth from the global seismic network.
For Judith Hubbard, Principal Investigator of the structural geology group and Assistant Professor at the Asian School of the Environment, this was her very first radio interview ever. It was little wonder then that she was feeling slightly jittery. On the other hand, Professor Isaac Kerlow, Principal Investigator of the Art+Media Group at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, was the perfect picture of composure and confidence for he is quite the veteran at radio interviews and other media appearances.
Last year, a magnitude-6.0 earthquake rocked the Sabah region of Malaysia. The quake triggered massive rock avalanches on Mount Kinabalu and tragically took the lives of 18 people on the mountain. It included the lives of seven primary school students from Singapore who were on a field trip during their school holidays.
A magnitude-7.2 deep earthquake occurred offshore northeastern Taiwan on 31 May 2016. This is the second significant quake to have struck northern Taiwan this month, and it was powerful enough to generate strong ground motion throughout the whole of northern Taiwan.
A magnitude-5.6 earthquake occurred offshore Ilan in northeastern Taiwan on 12 May 2016. According to the United States Geological Survey, this is the second significant quake to have struck Taiwan this year.
The concept behind a theme park’s Tipping Bucket water game is simply this: water drips slowly into a bucket and when it becomes completely filled, it tips over to splash the people beneath it.
Japan is known for its earthquakes and tsunami hazards due to the active collision involving three tectonic plates; the Philippine Sea plate, the Pacific plate and the Eurasian plate.
Parkfield, population 18, sits on the San Andreas Fault in central California. Besides a café and grazing cattle, the town hosts a dense array of seismic instruments that measure tremors deep below Earth’s surface. The small quakes repeat every few days and act as a model for similar faults around the world.