My top ten list of earthquake blogs

I am running this blog for more than five years now and it is time to acknowledge the other geo-blogs out there that have inspired me. In order to stay updated I follow the Geobulletin, which monitors the geoblogosphere activity. There are numerous amazing blogs out there that are either fun to read or interesting or both, but here I will focus on the ones dealing with earthquakes/tectonics/geomorphology/tsunamis. Here is my personal, subjective, but honest, list of earthquake blogs that I like and read:


The Trembling Earth by Austin Elliott

  • Blogs about: Earthquakes, surface ruptures, seismic hazard, field work
  • Frequency: ~Once per month
  • What I like: Exactly my area of interest; scientifically sound but still easy to read; always finds the best videos; blog posts are generally long and tell a good story

Stephane on Blogger by Stéphane Baize

  • Blogs about: Historical earthquakes, surface ruptures, field work, papers, triathlon
  • Frequency: About weekly
  • What I like: Exactly my area of interest; he has great images from his field work (e.g., Ecuador); he finds amazing images and other sources for historical earthquakes

Active tectonics by Ramon Arrowsmith

  • Blogs about: Tectonic geomorphology, great earthquakes, early Homo in Ethiopia
  • Frequency: ~Monthly
  • What I like: Exactly my area of interest; lots of interesting stuff about drones, morphology, remote sensing; good links and fine figures.

Ontario Geofish by Harold Asmis

  • Blogs about: Earthquakes in US and Canada, ground motion, building codes, Linux, how the government fails
  • Frequency: Daily to weekly
  • What I like: The way he writes; That he doesn’t care about what others think; That it’s often controversial; That he makes me think about things I haven’t thought about before, although I not necessarily agree.

The Landslide Blog by Dave Petley

  • Blogs about: Landslides and all other kinds of mass movements, often seismically triggered ones
  • Frequency: about weekly, depending on global landslide occurrence
  • What I like: Often is the first to provide some background; I learn much about earthquake triggered mass movements; Has great images

Earthquake Geology in Greece (multi-author)

  • Blogs about: Earthquakes in Greece, liquefaction in Greece, Greek geology, conferences, papers
  • Frequency: Very variable, about monthly. Sadly, they haven’t blogged in a while.
  • What I like: I worked on earthquakes & tsunamis in Greece myself, so this site is right on the spot; They often have details and interesting background information

Quake Hunters by Ed Garret

  • Blogs about: Paleoseismology, field work, tsunamis
  • Frequency: ~monthly
  • What I like: It’s about tsunamis and paleoseiseismology – what else could I ask for?

ArMedEa by Paolo Forlin

  • Blogs about: His project – Archaeology of Medieval Earthquakes in Europe
  • Frequency: ~quaterly
  • What I like: It’s a very cool project and he has superb photos and stories.

EarthJay by Jay Patton

  • Blogs about: Large Earthquakes worldwide
  • Frequency: Around twice per month, or whenever an interesting quake happens
  • What I like: He’s often one of the first to collect some background information and some useful maps, which helps to quickly understand what happened

The Pale Blue Dot by Ekbal Hussain

  • Blogs about: Natural hazards, earthquakes, climate, science outreach/communication
  • Frequency: ~weekly
  • What I like: Thought-through articles which are almost always worth reading; Great layout; Uses references!

Hypo-Theses by Ian Stimpson

  • Blogs about: Seismograms of large quakes or local quakes recorded in Keele, UK
  • Frequency: ~quaterly
  • What I like: Beautiful seismograms; With some background info every now and then


What are your favourite earthquake blogs? Which did I miss? Tell me in the comment section!

I’ll probably put together a list of my favourite non-earthquake blogs, too. Please forgive me for listing eleven blogs in this top-ten list…


4 Replies to “My top ten list of earthquake blogs”

  1. Great list Christoph. I feel honoured to be on there. But you’ve highlighted some I hadn’t come across before. Many thanks!

  2. They called Einstein a fool but im going to throw this out there. What if an earthquake were predictable? This is my theory. The Earth let’s out a low frequency sound wave, similar to being in front of a speaker. Or gives off of. A spike in a magnetic field. Before an earthquake. anybody knows this has anything thng to do with a eearthquake ?

  3. Dear Mark,

    Earthquake is predictable, at least there is no theory or law that says the opposite. USGS has a very nice booklet about Earthquake Prediction. Unfortunately, the science gave up but they are many theories in the lab condition it should work.

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