This special dampening material could also protect buildings from earthquakes.
Recent research contradicts the belief that a period of calm usually follows a serious earthquake.
Those communities affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident are having their resilience tested once again.
The latest earthquake off Japan's east coast was an ominous reminder of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. But despite a technical hitch at one of Fukushima's other reactors, there was no repeat this time.
Japan's response to a tsunami threat following major earthquake shows it has learned much from past events, including the deadly quake and tsunami that disabled the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Potentially deadly and dangerous earthquakes can strike at any time. But can authorities get some early warning from monitoring the hundreds of small quakes that usually go unnoticed?
The threat of any tsunami following an earthquake can take time to assess, so it's important people who live in risk zones are ready for any event.
Early analysis of the New Zealand earthquake shows it may be a complex event, involving several faults on the South Island.
Sonification is a technique for converting data into sound. It could transform the study of distant worlds.
Tents and food parcels are one thing, ready-built accommodation is another.
A new study of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake shows boulders from rockfalls fell much further than in earlier quakes that happened before humans arrived and changed the landscape.
Large-scale natural experiments such as oil spills, tsunamis and climate change are things you wouldn't want to do on purpose. But that doesn't mean they're not scientifically useful experiments too.
There are already early warning systems for earthquakes, but advances in seismology provide hope that experts will be able to predict when new ones will occur.
Central Italy has been hit by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake, only seven years after a similar devastating quake in the region.
Australia is surrounded by ocean, so is not immune to the effects of tsunamis. But how significant is the risk?
Fifty years on from a groundbreaking paper, geophysicists have progressed from believing continents never moved to thinking that every movement may leave a lasting memory on our planet.
The earth around you might seem static but it's constantly in motion. We need to track this motion in fine detail if we're to keep our GPS networks up to date.
The nuclear operator was nowhere near adequately covered for the disaster. And it's not just a Japanese problem.
Scientists are setting Japan on the road to recovery, using data to protect against future disasters.
The 2011 Japan tsunami illustrates how more marine creatures are crossing the oceans than ever before - and not all of them are friendly travellers.