Engineers know how and where to build to minimize earthquake damage. But laws don't always reflect that wisdom. A new study suggests it's because of a mismatch between risk perceptions and reality.
Because it happened within the Australian Plate rather than at a plate boundary, shockwaves from the quake travelled more efficiently to Darwin than to cities closer to the epicentre.
What do earthquakes, wealthy Italian families and your circulatory system have in common? Scientists use fractals, self-similarity and power laws to translate from local to global scales.
Scientists say they've found a new method to help predict when volcanoes will erupt, based on data crunched from an eruption last year in Hawaii.
Pumping high-pressure fluid into fault lines causes them to slowly slip, increasing the pressure on more distant rock and inducing earthquakes far away.
Earthquakes and tsunami in Indonesia this year did not only leave a deep sorrow. It made us rethink the relationship between humans, technology and nature in Indonesia.
The Earth's core is cooling down, and one day it will be completely solid – when that happens, Earth might look a lot like Mars.
Although fracking has been given the green light it's still not known how common felt earthquakes may become and if communities are willing to accept them
Last month's earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia was large, but not huge. It was the aftereffects that made it so devastating.
Developed countries focus on technology, but lullabies can sometimes have a greater effect.
While the term liquafaction has only been widely discussed in Indonesia and the world in the past week, Palu's susceptibility to liquefy had already been studied.
The early warning system installed after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami hasn't lived up to expectations.
Effective disaster management is possible with the support from the public.
Indonesia's tsunami early warning system failed to provide adequate warnings to people in Palu.
A combination of tectonic plates, geography and poor infrastructure make Indonesia vulnerable to deadly tsunamis.
Local knowledge and awareness of the risks of tsunamis can better prepare people when disaster strikes.
Donations to relief efforts tend to dry up within a few months.
New research shows that injecting wastewater deep underground can cause earthquakes far from the injection site. It also raises questions about which rock layers are the safest injection targets.
Warning Syrians of approaching airstrikes via social media is helping save lives.
Researchers are using a rubber-soil mixture to make earthquake-proof foundations.