Italy’s had a long history of putting scientists on trial for incredibly dumb shit. But it’s the 21st century, we should long be over that by now, right? Apparently not. After a deadly earthquake in the city of L’Aquila in 2009, the government blamed a group of geologists, saying they should have more accurately predicted the earthquake. Earlier this week, six of those scientists and a government official were sentenced to five years in jail for manslaughter.
f you’ve ever wondered where and why earthquakes happen the most, look no further than a new map, which plots more than a century’s worth of nearly every recorded earthquake strong enough to at least rattle the bookshelves. The map shows earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater since 1898; each is marked in a lightning-bug hue that glows brighter with increasing magnitude.
Rock bands like to talk big about how they’re going to rock so hard, the earth’s going to split and all Hell’s going to break out, but at a recent show in New Zealand, the Foo Fighters, Tenacious D and thousands of fans rocked so hard it set off earthquake detectors.
For years, there has been anecdotal evidence in some areas that toads hit the bricks when there’s an earthquake looming, but now there seems to be scientific data to back that up.
Fig. 1 A Demonstration of tectonic forces at work in Oklahoma
If anyone’s in Oklahoma (unlikely), that shaking you felt a little while ago was a 5.6 magnitude earthquake, centered in Lincoln County. Congrats, Oklahoma, you had an earthquake, I guess you’re cool now.
A fantastic photo set from the Atlantic, showing the massive devastation right after this year’s massive Japanese earthquake and then the incredible progress made six months later. The photo above is a before… and an after…
After everyone got over the tragedy of lawn chairs falling over from yesterday’s 5.9 earthquake in Virginia, a serious question was raised: “Why was a medium-sized earthquake felt from South Carolina to Canada, when much larger quakes in California felt all up and down the west coast?” The answer, in a nutshell: density.
Not quite like this, but close.
I know, I know… people in California think us east coasters are nuts for going crazy over a 5.8 earthquake, but we get earthquakes like this only about every 100 years. I would have posted this earlier, but I was at work, doing work stuff.
The much-anticipated Quakebook (2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake) — a wide-ranging collection of personal accounts and reflections about the massive earthquake that struck Japan on March 11 — is now available as a Kindle eBook on Amazon, and the entire purchase price ($9.99) goes to the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist those affected by the disaster.
“The one thing we know for certain is that Akaiwa was at work on the 11th, when suddenly, right as he was in the middle of jumping over a giant Gatling-gun-armed robot while riding on a rocket-powered jetbike he’d MacGuyvered together out of vines, tree branches, and a couple thumbtacks, something terrible happened – an earthquake. And not just any earthquake – a mega fucking brain-busting insane earthquake the likes of which the island of Japan had never had the misfortune of experiencing before. The ground shook, buildings crumbled, lights smashed apart, and the entire population of the country froze in fear as fault line below Japan rumbled for a ridiculous two-plus minutes.”
Great story, shitty writing.