Ethiopia’s most active volcano has seen a surge of recent activity.
Plate tectonics is relatively new, put forth in the last 30 years or so — its forerunner was the now-discarded continental drift theory. The theory states that Earth's outer shell is made up of huge slabs of rock called plates that glide over the planet's inner layer, or mantle. As these plates shift, they sometimes collide with other plates, making for some interesting, and even deadly, results on Earth's surface, from erupting volcanoes, to earthquakes, to new mountain ranges. Here's a look at Live Science's news and features related to this constantly moving jigsaw puzzle.
Scientists in India are planning to measure Mount Everest again, in order to settle the question of whether it shrank in the last earthquake.
A trove of water locked up in the mineral brucite may be hiding out more than 250 miles beneath Earth's surface, geoscientists have found.
Over the course of its history, Japan has seen its share of shaking, but what makes this part of the world so susceptible to big earthquakes?
The magnitude-7.8 Kaikoura earthquake that struck the South Island of New Zealand early Monday (Nov. 14) ruptured six faults, images reveal.
After the magnitude 7.8 earthquake in New Zealand, bystanders reported flickering green and blue lights that are known as earthquake lights.
The entire continent of Australia shifts a detectable amount thanks to seasonal movements of water across the globe, new research shows.
Two strong earthquakes shook the ground near the Italian town of Norcia. The region also experienced a magnitude-6.2 temblor in August.
The study also offers insight into the creation of continental crust as well as the region's supervolcanoes.
A new study provides evidence that a patch of extreme rock-uplift in the eastern Himalayas — the area of greatest tectonic activity — has been slowly migrating northward.
An earthquake struck off the coast of Florida on Saturday (July 16), a rare event in a relatively tectonically peaceful region.
Huge lobes of Earth straddling the San Andreas Fault are creeping upward or sinking downward, as if the ground is doing the wave, new research reveals.
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They may have happened within days of one another, but the devastating earthquakes in Japan had nothing to do with the strong temblor that struck Ecuador over the weekend, experts say.