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November 10, 2012

Earthquake rattles eastern Kentucky

  • 4.3 the magnitude of an earthquake that shook eastern Kentucky today, sending tremors into nearby Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee. There are no reports of damage. The quake’s location is of some note — most of Kentucky’s quakes occur along the New Madrid fault, which runs along the western edge of the state. source
14:06 // 1 year ago
August 12, 2012
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Huge earthquake in Iran leaves hundreds dead, thousands homeless. Heartbreaking slide show. The US best step-up and help them. Red Cross set up a donations page.
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‘People need help’: Iran hospitals swamped by earthquake victims
(Photo: Handout / Reuters)
Overcrowded hospitals in northwestern Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday and rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people. 
Thousands huddled in makeshift camps or slept in the street after Saturday’s quakes in fear of more aftershocks, 60 of which had already struck. A lack of tents and other supplies left them exposed to the night chill, one witness told Reuters. 
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climateadaptation:

Huge earthquake in Iran leaves hundreds dead, thousands homeless. Heartbreaking slide show. The US best step-up and help them. Red Cross set up a donations page.

nbcnews:

‘People need help’: Iran hospitals swamped by earthquake victims

(Photo: Handout / Reuters)

Overcrowded hospitals in northwestern Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday and rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people. 

Thousands huddled in makeshift camps or slept in the street after Saturday’s quakes in fear of more aftershocks, 60 of which had already struck. A lack of tents and other supplies left them exposed to the night chill, one witness told Reuters. 

Read the complete story.

13:21 // 2 years ago
July 5, 2012
10:22 // 2 years ago
May 20, 2012
Earthquake in Northern Italy takes lives, damages historic buildings
Five dead from the 6.0 magnitude quake: The death toll “could have been much worse,” according to Italian earthquake expert Giovanni Gregori. The Emilia Romagna region was hit on Sunday morning; around 50 historic buildings were damaged. Another earthquake that struck the L’Aquila region three years ago killed 300 people. (Photo by Italy/Reuters) source


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Five dead from the 6.0 magnitude quake: The death toll “could have been much worse,” according to Italian earthquake expert Giovanni Gregori. The Emilia Romagna region was hit on Sunday morning; around 50 historic buildings were damaged. Another earthquake that struck the L’Aquila region three years ago killed 300 people. (Photo by Italy/Reuters) source

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12:23 // 2 years ago
May 13, 2012

Could Haiti’s humanitarian crisis be solved with gold?

  • problem Haiti, which has long struggled with a far-reaching inability to support itself after a major earthquake, has millions of residents who live on as little as $1.25 per day. Its government has a budget of just $1 billion per year — for the entire country.
  • solution One of the side effects of being in an earthquake zone? Lots of precious minerals in the ground. (See California, Chile.) Recently, they found a ton of gold in Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic. How much? Potentially $20 billion. Wow. source

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9:51 // 2 years ago
March 11, 2012
I’ve been looking at the pictures on TV all day and still can’t believe we lived through it. There was a power cut and no heating, and I couldn’t call anyone after my baby was born because the phones were down. And we didn’t even know what was going on in the nuclear plant.
Japanese earthquake survivor Kaori Naiji • Discussing the deadly incident, which took place one year ago today. Naiji’s daughter, Wakana, was born during the earthquake, which unleashed a major tsunami on the country. Thousands spent the day mourning the lost and protesting the scene at Fukushima, which left the country on eggshells for months afterwards. What do you remember most about the period? Do you expect to see anything like it again in your lifetime?
20:28 // 2 years ago
February 7, 2012

Earthquake drills: Millions remember New Madrid by hiding under desks

  • 2.2 million people in eight states to participate in a “ShakeOut” source

» Get ready Tuesday morning: In honor of Missouri’s earthquake awareness month and timed in honor of the New Madrid Earthquake, millions will take part in a giant earthquake drill that starts at 10:15 CST. Will you take part? You never know when another earthquake might hit.

1:35 // 2 years ago
January 10, 2012

Large quake near Indonesia; tsunami warnings in effect

  • 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Indonesia source

» A tsunami warning is in effect: The earthquake struck shortly after midnight local time, some 262 miles off the coast of Banda Aceh, Sumatra. There are, so far, no reports of casualties or damages, but Indonesian officials have confirmed the tsunami alert. The caution is entirely sensible; it was in late 2004 that a large earthquake triggered a catastrophic tsunami which struck Indonesia, killing nearly a quarter-million people.

15:22 // 2 years ago
November 11, 2011

More island for your buck: Due to recent underwater volcano activity, another Canary Island has been added to the chain. Islanders are already trying to think up names for the new piece of land, built from magma that spewed over 65 feet high. On Saturday, the area was hit by a 4.3-magnitude earthquake, which is when the underwater volcano started erupting. What would you name the new island? Does it have to be a bird? Tweety Island would be too obvious, right? source

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11:13 // 2 years ago