Posts tagged with ‘earthquakes

Italian scientists convicted of manslaughter for failing to accurately predict quake

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.

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Stunning map of all known earthquakes since 1898

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.

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One year after the earthquake that devastated northeast Japan

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, took thousands of lives, did billions in damage and set off the one of the largest nuclear meltdowns in history. Here is a video of how things have been repaired since then.

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Foo Fighters rock so hard in New Zealand, geologists think it’s an earthquake

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.

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If you want to predict an earthquake, watch for the toads to leave

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.

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5.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Oklahoma

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.

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Photos from Japan before and six months after the devastating earthquake

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…

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Earthquake science: Why was the east coast earthquake felt so far away?

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.

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Michele Bachmann’s response to today’s earthquake
Okay, so it’s not the real Michele Bachmann, but that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t hear those exact words coming out of her gaping maw.
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Michele Bachmann’s response to today’s earthquake

Okay, so it’s not the real Michele Bachmann, but that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t hear those exact words coming out of her gaping maw.

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East coast earthquake discussion, plus a picture of the destruction in DC

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.

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This just in: Being in a hardware store in the middle of an earthquake sucks

Christchurch, NZ was hit with another pretty decent sized earthquake a few days ago, and this is video taken from inside a hardware store during the worst of it. Just stay away from the aisle with the saw blades.

Even as much of northeastern Japan tries to rebuild, one 7-11 isn’t deterred
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Even as much of northeastern Japan tries to rebuild, one 7-11 isn’t deterred

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Recommended reading: “2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake”

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.

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Badass of the Day: Hideaki Akaiwa

"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.

http://badassoftheweek.com/akaiwa.html







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