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April 18, 2013
2:04 // 1 year ago
April 16, 2013

Dozens were injured or killed by Tuesday’s earthquake near the Iran-Pakistan border

  • 35+ people have died as a result of the earthquake which struck Iran and Pakistan, all of whom were residents of Pakistan, according to government officials.
  • 167+ people were injured during/after the 7.8 magnitude quake, which was felt as far away as Dubai. and the numbers could still rise. Emergency teams and rescue dogs continue to scour the rubble, double-checking for any survivors who may still be trapped on Tuesday afternoon. source
17:21 // 1 year ago
March 10, 2013
Two years after the earthquake that defined Japan’s recent history, the cleanup is well underway. And The Atlantic’s In Focus has the before-and-after shots, down to the exact angle. (side-by-side photos by Reuters/Kyodo)

Two years after the earthquake that defined Japan’s recent history, the cleanup is well underway. And The Atlantic’s In Focus has the before-and-after shots, down to the exact angle. (side-by-side photos by Reuters/Kyodo)

19:18 // 1 year ago
May 29, 2012

Italian earthquake kills at least 15: The second big earthquake in the Emilia-Romagna region in ten days, the 5.8 magnitude quake is the deadliest to hit the country since the 2009 L’Aquila quake, which killed 300 and left many homeless. (Above: A video showing the shaking in a home affected by the quake.)

10:33 // 1 year ago
April 12, 2012
This poor woman may just as well have been starting at a wall after China lost foreign internet access for roughly an hour on Thursday. A variety of reasons have been suggested — censorship, a potential tightening of the “Great Firewall,” an underwater cable damaged due to Wednesday’s Indonesia earthquake — but to put it simply, accessing the information superhighway wasn’t much fun for many in China. (photo by Dan Chung/The Guardian)

This poor woman may just as well have been starting at a wall after China lost foreign internet access for roughly an hour on Thursday. A variety of reasons have been suggested — censorship, a potential tightening of the “Great Firewall,” an underwater cable damaged due to Wednesday’s Indonesia earthquake — but to put it simply, accessing the information superhighway wasn’t much fun for many in China. (photo by Dan Chung/The Guardian)

10:27 // 2 years ago
April 11, 2012

Indonesia has strong quake, aftershock: No reports of major damage

  • 8.6 the magnitude of a powerful earthquake to hit off the coast of the Indian Ocean Wednesday
  • 8.2 the magnitude of an aftershock; neither quake caused significant damage as of yet source

» “The only problem we had was people panicking”: In Indonesia, one of the countries most damaged by 2004 earthquake and tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands, the quake stirred up terrible memories of that incident. Indonesia even called a tsunami warning. However, this quake was hundreds of miles off the coast and seismologists say it rattled horizontally, making a tsunami unlikely. Hours after the initial warning, there was no noticeable rise in sea level. Indonesia is however not out of the woods yet — the 8.2 aftershock was only one of the post-quake rattles in the region.

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8:40 // 2 years ago
March 21, 2012

Recap: Damage caused by yesterday’s Mexico earthquake

  • 800 buildings damaged by the 7.4 earthquake and its 10 aftershocks
  • 11 people injured by the quake — nine in Oaxaca and two in Mexico City
  • zero people reported killed in the quake, despite how big it was source

» Why so little damage? To put it simply, a combination of factors. First, the quake hit in a mountainous area without many buildings, limiting the amount of damage in the immediate region. Second, the area has had numerous earthquakes, including a deadly 8.0 quake in 1985, so building regulations had greatly improved to the point where serious damage could be avoided. The result is that the quake, while widely felt, didn’t cause the kind of serious damage it could have.

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10:13 // 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
The day the Plains shook: The New Madrid Earthquake, 200 years later
Set your watches: At 3:45 a.m. CST, it will have been 200 years since the strongest earthquake Middle America has ever seen. One of four major earthquakes from the 1811-1812 era, the New Madrid Earthquake (which averaged about 7.8 in magnitude) was felt hundreds of miles away and was so powerful that it destroyed the Missouri town that gives it its name. But could it happen again? Experts say it’s likely, and the damage could be far worse. “If another quake of the magnitude of the New Madrid Quake of 1811 should hit the region, it would be the worst natural disaster in American history,” Arkansas state auditor Charlie Daniels wrote in the 1990s. ”Almost all of downtown Memphis would fall.” Is that enough to fret over, though? (Photo: 1904 photo of an earthquake fissure filled with intruded sand in Mississippi County, Missouri, originally created during the New Madrid Earthquake. Photo via USGS; see more photos here.) source
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Set your watches: At 3:45 a.m. CST, it will have been 200 years since the strongest earthquake Middle America has ever seen. One of four major earthquakes from the 1811-1812 era, the New Madrid Earthquake (which averaged about 7.8 in magnitude) was felt hundreds of miles away and was so powerful that it destroyed the Missouri town that gives it its name. But could it happen again? Experts say it’s likely, and the damage could be far worse. “If another quake of the magnitude of the New Madrid Quake of 1811 should hit the region, it would be the worst natural disaster in American history,” Arkansas state auditor Charlie Daniels wrote in the 1990s. ”Almost all of downtown Memphis would fall.” Is that enough to fret over, though? (Photo: 1904 photo of an earthquake fissure filled with intruded sand in Mississippi County, Missouri, originally created during the New Madrid Earthquake. Photo via USGS; see more photos here.) source

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1:22 // 2 years ago
January 6, 2012
These earthquakes were sitting there waiting to happen. We have triggered these earthquakes.
Seismologist John Armbruster • Discussing the recent string of earthquakes in Ohio. If you live in that state, you might have noticed up to a dozen small earthquakes since last spring. There hasn’t been a measured earthquake in the area ever until last March. Apparently, the disposing of waste water into the ground (during a energy-releasing process called “fracking”) may have flowed into an earthquake fault line. This same problem has happened in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. In Arkansas alone, 1,000 mini-quakes were measured. source (viafollow)
10:06 // 2 years ago