Tag Archives: Earthquake

this pressed from The Independent and MPR: Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits San Francisco Bay Area in biggest quake since 1989 – Americas – World – The Independent


 

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits San Francisco Bay Area in biggest quake since 1989 – Americas – World – The Independent

A photo provided by Lyall Davenport shows damage to a building in Napa, Calif., early Sunday.

Strong Quake Causes Injuries, Damage, Outages In Northern Calif.by Scott Neuman August 24, 2014 7:20 AM ET (the two way breaking news from MPR)

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Seismology


Seismology

Seismology is the scientific study of earthquakes—their origins, geographic distribution, and effects. Much of what we now know about the composition of the Earth and its internal structure comes from seismologic research. In recent years, seismologists have focused intense efforts on developing ways to predict earthquakes in hopes of minimizing casualties caused by seismic events. Unfortunately, a reliable method has yet to be developed. Why were six seismologists recently indicted in Italy? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Earthquake Devastates Port Royal, Jamaica (1692)


Earthquake Devastates Port Royal, Jamaica (1692)

In the 17th century, Port Royal was the capital of Jamaica and a popular destination for pirates to store and spend their treasure, earning the city a seedy reputation. On June 7, 1692, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the city, causing a large portion of it to sink into the Caribbean Sea. Between 1,000 and 3,000 people—a significant percentage of the city’s population—were killed in the disaster. What nickname have archaeologists since given the city? More… Discuss

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this day in the yesteryear: The Ancash Earthquake (1970)


The Ancash Earthquake (1970)

The 1970 Ancash earthquake was a severe undersea earthquake that affected the Peruvian region of Ancash,

Yungay cemetery in Ancash, Peru.

Yungay cemetery in Ancash, Peru. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

killing at least 50,000 people. Combined with a subsequent landslide, it was the most catastrophic natural disaster ever recorded in the history of Peru. The quake destabilized part of Mount Huascarán, an extinct volcano and Peru’s highest mountain, triggering a rock and snow avalanche that buried the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca. What was the magnitude of the earthquake? More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: CHARLES RICHTER (1900)


Charles Richter (1900)

Richter was an American seismologist best known for creating the Richter scale, which quantifies the magnitude of earthquakes by assigning each quake a single number based on the measurement of seismic waves. The scale is logarithmic, meaning that each increase of one unit represents a 10-fold increase in the amplitude of the waves. Though the scale has no theoretical upper limit, the most severe quakes have not exceeded a scale value of 9. What earthquake measurement method succeeded Richter’s? More…Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: SHAANXI EARTHQUAKE: DEADLIEST IN RECORDED HISTORY (1556)


 

 

January 23: Shaanxi Earthquake, devastation ki...

January 23: Shaanxi Earthquake, devastation kills 830,000 in China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Shaanxi Earthquake: Deadliest in Recorded History (1556)

 

The 1556 Shaanxi Earthquake in China is the deadliest earthquake on record, having killed approximately 830,000 people and destroyed an area 520 miles (837 km) wide. According to Chinese annals, mountains moved and rivers changed course due to the massive quake, which affected places more than 200 miles (322 km) from the epicenter. Aftershocks continued for months. In addition to the quake’s force—its magnitude is estimated at 8.0—the high death toll is attributed to what other factors? More… Discuss

 

 

 

 

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THIS AY N THE YESTERYEAR: THE MESSINA EARTHQUAKE (1908)


The Messina Earthquake (1908)

Messina is a busy seaport and commercial center in northeastern Sicily, Italy, opposite the Italian mainland. On the morning of December 28, 1908, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Messina, followed by a 40-foot (12-meter) tsunami. About 80,000 people were killed, and at least 90 percent of Messina’s buildings, including its churches and palaces, were destroyed. Afterward, the city was completely rebuilt under standards for quake-resistant construction. What happened to the survivors? More…Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: MEXICO CITY EARTHQUAKE (1985)


Mexico City Earthquake (1985)

At 7:18 AM, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Mexican state of Michoacán, releasing more than 1,000 times the energy of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Several hundred miles away in Mexico‘s capital, Mexico City, the devastation was catastrophic. Official estimates place the death toll at 10,000, but several times that number may have actually perished. Tens of thousands of others were hurt and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. Why was Mexico City so hard hit? More…Discuss

 

Q: How Safe Is safe ? A: Not Safe Enough


From the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/: Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show Japan was warned more than two years ago by the international nuclear watchdog that its nuclear power plants were not capable of withstanding powerful earthquakes, leaked diplomatic cables reveal.
Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show
Evacuees are screened for radiation contamination at a testing center in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture Photo: AP
Read More here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8384059/Japan-earthquake-Japan-warned-over-nuclear-plants-WikiLeaks-cables-show.html
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