At Work: Wasja Bloch

Wasja Bloch in snow

14 April 2023–As he studied subduction zone seismicity, Wasja Bloch noticed that water was sometimes used as a wild card when it came to explaining what lays below these complex tectonic plate margins. “If people do interpretations of subsurface images and something’s odd, they sometimes pull the ‘fluid joker,’” Bloch … Continue Reading »

Hundreds of Very Shallow Earthquakes Detected in California’s Long Beach and Seal Beach

SRL Yan 2023 Figure 2 of Long Beach research areas

5 April 2023–Seismic arrays deployed in California’s Long Beach and Seal Beach areas detected more than a thousand tiny earthquakes over eight months, many of them located at surprisingly shallow depths of less than two kilometers below the surface. The findings, reported in Seismological Research Letters, confirm that the region’s … Continue Reading »

At Work: Kevin Ward

Kevin Ward standing at the top of a hill

6 March 2023–As a non-traditional student, Kevin Ward went back to school “not even clear that I was going back for anything in the geosciences,” he said. “I kind of stumbled upon it when I was taking general ed classes.” “I was always good at math and physics, but then … Continue Reading »