Unlocking Tsunami Secrets

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SOI / Frederique Leclerc

Endurance

As night falls, lighting flashes over R/V Falkor and for an instant, it seems to be day again. The Indian Ocean has been very pleasant...

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MEGATERA Final Video

As the MEGATERA expedition comes to a close, explore behind-the-scenes footage, watching the scientists and crew in action, and sharing their excitement in new discoveries....

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Monica Naranjo Gonzalez

Finalizing MEGATERA

Ten scientists, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, over 32 days - A lot of time, knowledge and effort have been invested on...

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SOI/Stephen Carson

A Scotsman Onboard (or the Relevance of the 80’s to MEGATERA)

Most people of my generation will think of something slightly different than a research vessel upon hearing the name “Falkor.” Falkor is the luck dragon...

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SOI/Monika Naranjo Gonzalez

The Women of MEGATERA

Being at sea is a way of life that most people do not get to experience. It is a unique way of life, and it...

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SOI / Monika Naranjo Gonzalez

Underwater Landslides

Prior to R/V Falkor’s departure from Singapore towards the Wharton Basin and the Mentawai islands, much was discussed about what could be found under the...

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SOI / Colleen Peters

A Lighthearted Metamorphosis

“You are in my way, Pollywog!” said the Shellback menacingly. The Pollywog working at the Science Control Room had no option but to acknowledge its...

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SOI / Monika Naranjo Gonzalez

Tsunami Warning Systems

In a previous blog, we talked about the recent Hollywood blockbuster San Andreas, and went on to describe the events that would likely occur if...

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When Corals Tell Stories

R/V Falkor is sailing above the Sumatra trench, filled with structures ready to trigger earthquakes and tsunamis. A key question to develop hazard mitigation strategies...

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SOI/ Monika Naranjo Gonzalez

Tsunami Scenario

This past month the movie San Andreas, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was released in cinemas worldwide. The movie speculates on the catastrophic events that...

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MEGATERA cruise, Week 4 video

See where (and how) the team on R/V FALKOR has been gathering seismic data on the #MEGATERA cruise.

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SOI / Mónika Naranjo González

Streaming exploration with sound

R/V Falkor slows down to 2 knots. At this speed, the gentle swell that has accompanied the expedition from the start cradles the ship. At...

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SOI / Mónika Naranjo González

Angry Earthquakes

“We knew they were going to be there. But we didn’t know how many we could find, their actual length or exactly where they would...

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SOI / Mónika Naranjo González

Follow The Tide

“I wouldn’t really say that any day at sea is particularly normal,” says Colleen Peters, Lead Marine Technician onboard of R/V Falkor´s MEGATERA expedition, as...

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A Day Onboard

As the MEGATERA cruise proceeds, the workflow and roles of crew have become second nature. The video above gives an inside look at how daily...

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SOI / Mónika Naranjo González

The Oath

Those in charge of keeping the night watch must first take an oath. Not really. But they like to joke about it, because the night...

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Mónika Naranjo González

Detective Work

“The quality of the data is great,” announces Dr. Singh at the daily morning meeting on R/V Falkor’s bridge. For days, the ship has been...

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SOI/ Monika Naranjo

A Most Rebellious Plate

Most tectonic action goes on plate boundaries, its interior is not supposed to do much, but somebody forgot to tell the Indo-Australian plate. And so,...

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SOI/ Monika Naranjo Gonzalez

Water and Life

The existence of humanity intrigued him, and that is why Dr. Nugroho Hananto, from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and co-leader of the MEGATERA...

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SOI/ Mónika Naranjo González

Into Outer Space

In our previous post Dr. Satish Singh, co-leader of the MEGATERA expedition shared his personal experience on the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and the tsunami...

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Unlocking Tsunami Secrets – MEGATERA Video 2

The region west of Sumatra in Indonesia is particularly prone to tsunami-spawning earthquakes and will likely endure a major hit in the near future, making...

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SOI/Mónika Naranjo González

The Call of the Seas

Dr. Satish Singh sits down and begins with a confession: “I was not a marine geophysicist when I started in Cambridge, I was a theoretical...

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Everything you wanted to know about the science behind MEGATERA

What is the Mentawai Gap-Tsunami Earthquake Risk Assessment -MEGATERA- expedition? MEGATERA is a scientific expedition that aims to gather information on the most seismic area...

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Below the Floor

If you read our post yesterday about bathymetry you know that R/V Falkor’smultibeam echosounder system will allow the MEGATERA expedition to acquire high-resolution 3D images of the...

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The Depth’s Shape

Have you ever been in the ocean, walking in waist high water and suddenly stepped off into a hole or a steep decline? That is...

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SOI/Mónika Naranjo González

Sharpening the Axe

Prepare for the Inevitable An earthquake’s sudden, violent burst of energy takes over in a matter of seconds, seemingly out of nowhere. Those who have...

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Singapore Preparation – Megatera Video 1

Megatera Cruise - Location: Singapore A massive amount of logistics and planning goes into a research cruise. Join us for a glimpse into some of...

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SOI/Mónika Naranjo González

The Plan

Predictions based on the past Doctor Satish Singh, co-leader of the Mentawai Gap-Tsunami Earthquake Risk Assessment (or MEGATERA) expedition, believes there is one essential tool...

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Cheryl Han/ Earth Observatory of Singapore/SOI

Sharing Science with Students

Q&A AT SINGAPORE’S SCIENCE CENTER Earth is an oceanic planet - 70% of our world is covered in water, 50% of the air we breathe...

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