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10.08.2012 | The Earthquake Risk in Germany and Europe

10.08.2012|Potsdam:
How strong can earthquakes in Germany be? Where in Europa are the earthquake activities concentrated? These questions are the basis for risk assessments and become relevant when it comes to the safety of buildings or the generation of tsunami.For the first time, scientists of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences have succeeded in setting up a harmonized catalogue of earthquakes for Europe and the Mediterranean for the last thousand years. This catalogue consists of about 45000 earthquakes, reported in the latest issue of the „Journal of Seismology“.

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26.07.2012 | Magnetic field, mantle convection and tectonics

26.07.2012|Potsdam:
On a time scale of tens to hundreds of millions of years, the geomagnetic field may be influenced by currents in the mantle. The frequent polarity reversals of Earth's magnetic field can also be connected with processes in the mantle. These are the research results presented by a group of geoscientists in the new advance edition of "Nature Geoscience" on Sunday, July 29th. The results show how the rapid processes in the outer core, which flows at rates of up to about one millimeter per second, are coupled with the processes in the mantle, which occur more in the velocity range of centimeters per year.

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25.07.2012 | Methane measurements at low flight level

25.07.2012|Potsdam:
A team of scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association (AWI) and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences has just completed an airborne measurement campaign that allowed for the first time to measure large-scale methane emissions from the extensive Arctic permafrost landscapes. The study area extended from Barrow, the northernmost settlement on the American mainland, across the entire North Slope of Alaska, to the Mackenzie Delta in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

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11.07.2012 | Indonesia: Angela Merkel visits Tsunami Warning Centre

11.07.2012|Potsdam:
At the end of her first trip to Indonesia, the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the tsunami warning center in Jakarta on Wednesday, 11 July 2012. "I am very impressed with the tsunami warning centre," said Mrs. Merkel during the visit. "It's a very good example of a German-Indonesian cooperation, which really works for the benefit of the people."

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19.06.2012 | Climate drilling in the Arctic Circle

19.06.2012|Potsdam:
During the past 2.8 million years extreme warm periods occurred in the Arctic at irregular intervals. Analytical results from the longest sediment core that has ever been drilled in the terrestrial areas of the Arctic have shown temperatures that were previously considered impossible for the Arctic Circle. In addition, a notable correlation of the warm periods in the Arctic with large melting events in Antarctica points to previously unknown interactions between the Polar Regions. This is the conclusion of an international research team led by Professor Martin Melles of the University of Cologne in the latest issue of the journal "Science".

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15.06.2012 | GFZ at the world exhibition EXPO 2012

15.06.2012|Potsdam:
This Friday, 15 June 2012, is the German Nations Day at the Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea. The German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ participates in this year's World Expo. In the German pavilion, visitors are greeted by German “Strandkörbe”: roofed wicker beach seats, multimedia assisted to show the issues of life on the coasts and in coastal waters. One beach chair is dedicated to tsunami early warning systems. The Centre for Early Warning at the GFZ advised the exhibitors with regard to scientific content. But not only that, the geoscientists Dr. Andrey Babeyko and Dr. Peter Löwe calculated simulations of historical tsunami events and presented them graphically.

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29.05.2012 | Safe, not just while on vacation

29.05.2012|Potsdam:
On the occasion of the earthquake in Italy and at the beginning of the main vacation time the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences would like to point all holidaymakers and tourists who travel in earthquake-and tsunami-prone areas to its information leaflets "What to do when you experience a strong earthquake" and "Information on Tsunami".

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