News Releases

April 10, 2013
 Lester’s Forbidden Experiment. Screaming Gummy Bears. Blowtorch in a Beaker. The three are among a host of activities on the roster for the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ 20th annual Science Potpourri Saturday, April 13 from noon to 3 p.m. The College of Natural Science and Mathematics hosts the free event, which will be in the Reichardt Building on the UAF campus. 
“The enthusiasm at...
March 14, 2013
 Alaska's Lituya Bay is situated about 100 miles southeast of Yakutat and 40 miles west of Glacier Bay. It is the site of the largest splash wave ever recorded. In 1958, a magnitude 8.3 earthquake triggered a tremendous landslide into the ocean. The wave that followed reached 1,740 feet above sea level on a hill opposite the slide. The slide also triggered a wave more than 100 feet high that...
February 7, 2013
By Ned Rozell Around midnight on January 4, Kathleen Brandt felt an earthquake at her home in Sitka. As framed pictures trembled and then fell from the walls, she started counting. “I got to 22 seconds before the shaking stopped,” Brandt said. The 45-year resident of this historic Southeast community told her earthquake story following a recent community presentation there by Natalia...
January 31, 2013
 By Ned Rozell CRAIG — In this cozy Southeast Alaska community that smells of red cedar chips used to power a boiler that heats both the school and the pool, seismologist Natalia Ruppert responded to an hour of questions from more than 150 people who gathered in the auditorium of the Craig High School. The residents of Craig and the outlying areas, many of them wearing Xtratufs and...
December 14, 2012
 Mark your calendars for Science for Alaska 2013! Our 21st year of the popular lecture series will experience some changes. Lectures will take place in Schaible Auditorium on the UAF campus and occur on Saturdays throughout January. We're hoping the smaller space and the coffee to follow each of the lectures will lead to a more intimate exchange between our line-up of lecturers and the...
December 6, 2012
  For more than 20 years, the Geophysical Institute has hosted the Science For Alaska Lecture Series in locations across the state, sharing cutting-edge research in local communities. The 2013 lecture series will undergo important changes from previous years: all lectures will be hosted on campus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and will span over four Saturdays in January. ...
November 5, 2012
 The 2002 Denali Fault earthquake rang in at a magnitude 7.9 and was located about 41 miles east/southeast of Denali National Park & Preserve. It was the largest earthquake on the Denali fault since at least 1912. A decade later, the whopper quake continues to awe scientists that study Alaska’s seismicity. The massive temblor ranks as the eighth largest earthquake to have occurred in the...
October 19, 2012
 Staff from the Geophysical Institute worked the phone bank during the KUAC Fall Fundraiser on October 19. The group's goal was to raise $750, but surpassed it significantly by collecting more than $2,200 in pledges during the afternoon program "Fresh Air." Jim Dixon, a USGS employee situated on the 3rd floor of Elvey; Kaz Alvarez, Amy Hartley and Stevie Seibert of the Public Relations...
October 15, 2012
 The Geophysical Institute is registered to take part in the Great Alaska ShakeOut on October 18, 2012. What does this mean for you? At 10:18 a.m., on that date our building will hold a “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill. The drill will be announced over the GI’s paging system and via email. When you hear or see a message about the drill, please participate by dropping, covering your head and,...
September 26, 2012
 Apache Alaska Corporation is sharing its Cook Inlet 3-D seismic data with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) to better identify seismic hazards in Southcentral Alaska. UAF’s Geophysical Institute has begun the process of accepting and processing the data and will begin modeling...