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Why multiple earthquakes are rattling one Indonesian island

The Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has been hammered by a series of powerful earthquakes in the past three weeks that have killed more than 500 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The archipelago nation sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and many of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. But it is rare for one island to be hit so hard and so often. Here are some questions and answers: What caused a string of earthquakes on Lombok?…

NASA’s newest Mars lander to study earthquakes on Red Planet

TAMPA: NASA is poised to launch its first lander to Mars since 2012, an unmanned spacecraft called InSight that aims to listen for quakes and unravel the mystery of how rocky planets like Earth form. It is scheduled to launch on Saturday at 7:05 am Eastern time (1105 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and if all goes as planned, it should land on the Red Planet November 26. Since the Earth and Mars likely formed by similar processes 4.5 billion years ago, the US space agency hopes the lander --…

Big earthquakes predicted for 2018: Is your country safe?

Scientists have warned of potential increase in earthquakes in 2018 after their critical assessment of earth movement’s data. The warning by the experts holds substances especially after three deadly quakes struck different regions in just three months of the year. First one measuring 7.9 magnitude off the coast of Alaska; another in Honduras that registered 7.6, and a third in Peru with a magnitude of 7.1.  The assessment was made on the basis of the earth’s movement data that shows a significant uptick in earthquakes…

Scientists warn of big earthquakes in 2018

Scientists have warned that there will be a significant increase in the occurrence of potentially deadliest earthquakes in 2018. The assessment was made on the basis of the earth's movement data that shows a significant uptick in earthquakes after a certain period of slowdown in the earth's rotation. Geophysicists are able to measure the rotational speed of Earth extremely precisely, calculating slight variations on the order of milliseconds. Now, scientists believe a slowdown of the Earth's rotation is the link to an…