Jennifer Young

About Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young gained an Honours degree in Geography from Edinburgh University, where her studies included a range of topics in both physical and environmental geography.

She subsequently undertook and completed a BSc in Geosciences with the UK’s Open University, which allowed her to pursue her interest in large-scale earth processes, such as plate tectonics, and earth systems, such as climate and oceanography. Her course involved the preparation of a 5,000 word thesis on earthquake prediction.

Fiji and Alaska: Earthquakes 17-23 July 2014

Earthquakes 19-23 July 2014. Image credit: USGS

This week saw earthquakes around the Pacific, including Fiji and Alaska. Smaller, quarry-related blasts are also of interest.

Japan, the Philippines, and Yes, Oklahoma Again: Earthquakes 10-16 July 2014

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The largest earthquakes in the world this week occurred in the western Pacific – and the series of tremors in Oklahoma continues.

Fracking and Earthquakes: Human-Induced Seismicity

A drill rig in the Bakken oil field in Stark County, western North Dakota. Credit: Stephanie Gaswirth, USGS, 2012

Fracking is in the news for many reasons – not least because of its association with seismic activity. Is there a link between fracking and earthquakes? And are any other human activities also a seismic risk?

M4.2 (12 July) and M3.9 (14 July), Oklahoma: the Earthquake Series Continues

Oklahoma fracking quake swarm

Two notable earthquakes in Oklahoma on 12 and 14 July 2014 represent the continuation of an earthquake series associated with human activity.

New Study Improves Understanding of Climate Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions

Layers in ice cores such as this give clues to past atmospheric composition. Image credit: NOAA

A new study of Antarctic ice cores has helped to improve our understanding of the climatic impacts of past volcanic eruptions.