In 2004, a devastating tsunami struck coastlines around the Indian Ocean. In a study of the long-term recovery of the city of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, we found that reconstruction aid provided mostly near the coast, combined with many people's preferences to move to safer areas instead, has had the unintended consequence whereby the poor have become disproportionately exposed to coastal hazards.
Very early in the morning on Friday, 12 January 2018, Myanmar was struck by a magnitude-6.0 earthquake. Residents in the two capital cities, Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, were able to feel the quake that had originated 40 kilometres west of the Sagaing Fault in Central Myanmar.
In the video below, Dr Wang Yu, a Research Fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, suggests that today’s earthquake is a reminder of how active the Sagaing Fault actually is.
In December 2017, the city of New Orleans welcomed 22,500 of the world’s leading geophysical science experts for the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference. The Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) sent a group of representatives to join the activity at AGU 2017.
Growing up, volcanologist Benoit Taisne wanted to study volcanoes so he could save people’s lives. He is now a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore and has been studying volcanoes for the last 20 years.
When searching for life, scientists begin by looking for the key element that sustains it: fresh water. Although today’s Martian surface is barren, frozen and inhospitable, a trail of evidence points to a once warmer, wetter planet, where water flowed freely. The mystery of what happened to this water is long-standing and unsolved. However, our new research, published on 21 December in Nature, suggests that this water is now locked in Martian rocks.
Dear EOS Community,
As the year comes to a close, I’d like to thank you for your continued interest and support in the research, initiatives and programs being conducted here at the Earth Observatory. Over the past year, your increased engagement has helped us to better understand your interests in geohazard research and provide content to meet them. From publications to awards and new blog series, here is a look back on a few highlights from 2017.
Volcanologist Caroline Bouvet de Maisonneuve shares about her experiences on the ground, the inherent risk involved in her work, and her safety-first approach.
At the age of 17, Associate Professor Adam Swtizer became a professional surfer. Now a climate expert at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, he says that his years as a surfer shaped much of his current research and work.
Scientists have long known that Myammar is tectonically vulnerable. But only recently, says Dr Paramesh Banerjee, have they been able to understand the full extent of the country’s seismic activity. This new insight is made possible by the new Myanmar Seismic Network, established earlier this year.
Singaporeans dread the dangerous haze incidents that occur each year. Thick, smoky air dries our throats and irritates our eyes. It makes breathing difficult and can cause lasting damage to our lungs. When the haze hits, atmospheric chemist Mikinori Kuwata and his team of six get down to work.