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Seismic Events with Explosion-Like Characteristics
February 17, 2013 | Wired Science

Researchers are using the principles of earthquake monitoring to detect underground nuclear detonations beneath North Korea.

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A Rumbling Volcano Beneath Antarctic Ice?
November 18, 2013 | Washington University
“My first thought was, ‘OK, maybe it’s just coincidence.’ But then I looked more closely and realized that the mountains were actually volcanoes and there was an age progression to the range. The volcanoes closest to the seismic events were the youngest ones.” Quoted from the Washington University press release.

Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm Continues
October 23, 2013 | USGS
"Since January 2009, more than 200 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes have rattled Central Oklahoma, marking a significant rise in the frequency of these seismic events. [...] The analysis suggests that a contributing factor to the increase in earthquakes triggers may be from activities such as wastewater disposal." Quoted from the USGS press release.

When Lava and Water Meet Without an Explosion
October 22, 2013 | University at Buffalo
When hot lava contacts cold water an explosion is often produced. This article explores some lava pillars in Iceland that appear to have formed when lava met water without an explosion.

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