News Releases

January 20, 2012
 By Ned Rozell One of the prettiest places in Southeast Alaska has felt some of nature’s most violent behavior. Lituya Bay, on the Pacific coast about 100 miles southeast of Yakutat and 40 miles west of Glacier Bay, 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...
December 30, 2011
 According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a single explosive event sent an ash cloud up to 15,000 feet from Cleveland Volcano. Satellite images from December 29 reveal the ash cloud has detached and is drifting east/southeast from the volcano.  Based on the presence of an ash cloud, AVO has raised the aviation color code at Cleveland Volcano to ORANGE and alert level WATCH....
December 7, 2011
 The Geophysical Institute has a strong presence at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Joining forces with the Alaska Satellite Facility, the International Arctic Research Center, the Institute of Northern Engineering, the Water and Environmental Resources Center and the Institute of Marine Science, the GI is part of a combined booth in the Exhibitors Hall. The...
November 16, 2011
 Sign up for Applied Seismology - GEOS 694 - for spring semester and earn three credits! Assistant Professor of Geophysics Carl Tape of the Geophysical Institute will instruct the course that will explore the study of earthquakes and Earth's interior structure using seismological theories and algorithms. The course runs from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Elvey 301N. ...
November 15, 2011
 Twenty new items were added to the Keith B. Mather Library's collection in late October. The additions include a USGS professional paper co-edited by Jeff Freymueller of the Geophysical Institute's Seismology group. You can access a pdf of that paper here. Here is a list of the new items in alphabetical order: Essential Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences Essential...
October 3, 2011
 Pending the arrival of the new Geophysical Institute Director Bob McCoy, Vice Chancellor for Research Mark Myers has delegated authority to GI Associate Director Doug Christensen. Christensen will provide oversight and take any needed actions required of the director position including travel approval, HR and finance issues and documents. Upon McCoy's arrival this month, Christensen's...
August 25, 2011
 High in the Andes Mountains, a few volcanoes have been inflating for decades despite not having erupted in hundreds of thousands of years. Geophysical Institute scientists lead a South American-based project to study the world’s largest body of magma and its implications in a land of super eruptions. Over the next five years, Research Professor Steve McNutt, Assistant Research...
August 23, 2011
   The summit crater of Cleveland Volcano is pictured. Cleveland is currently at the volcano alert level of "Watch" as it has exhibited signs of unrest. It is currently classified as aviation color code “Orange” because its increased signs of activity pose potential for an eruption in an uncertain timeframe. Seismic activity is monitored in real time at 30 volcanoes in Alaska...
February 14, 2011
For Immediate Release Alaska is no stranger to the devastating effects of tsunamis. The state has experienced 37 since the 1800s, three of which are known around the world for the amount of destruction they caused: the 1964 Alaska Tsunami, the 1958 Lituya Bay Tsunami and the 1946 Aleutian Tsunami.  Alaska is prone to tsunamis because of two factors: our enormous amount of...
February 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, International Arctic Research Center, and Poker Flat Research Range will offer free public summer tours starting June 7. The public can learn about the Alaska Satellite Facility and the Alaska Earthquake Information Center at a weekly tour being offered by the Geophysical Institute every Wednesday...