Fears a Bali volcano is about to erupt

Steadily increasing seismic activity around the active volcano Mount Agung on the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia has prompted the large-scale evacuation of nearly 50, 000 people from a designated danger zone. Fears that the volcano will erupt have been brewing since volcanic tremors began in August but in the past few days they have…

It’s not over yet as another, bigger, earthquake strikes in Italy

Italy is barely recovering from the loss of just under 300 people in a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in August in Amatrice. However, just yesterday, the country experienced its biggest earthquake since 1980 when an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter Scale occurred with its epicentre in Norcia, 60 miles to the North…

A more sinister application of seismography

Seismography is the measurement of seismic waves of energy (like vibrations) that travel through the earth’s layers, most commonly associated with earthquakes. Indeed a seismometer’s main function is the monitoring and measuring earthquakes both big and small and such measurements can be a vital help when predicting, for example, the chance of a volcanic eruption or…

6.2 earthquake in Italy

Italian earthquake measuring 6.2 on Richter Scale causes major disruption and loss of life in Umbria Italian earthquake 2016. Although nearly 1000 times weaker than the Japan 2011 earthquake, poorly structured buildings, lack of information and the timing of the earthquake (at 3.30am) are likely to be responsible for the high death toll.