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"ShakeOut" Earthquake Drills To Take Place This Week
2011-10-19 08:22:28

"ShakeOuts" to be held in California, Nevada, Guam, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia [ Watch the Video ] On Oct. 20, 2011, "Great ShakeOut" earthquake drills will be held in California, Nevada, Guam, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, and involve more than 8.7 million participants. The Shakeout will motivate people to be prepared to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" to protect themselves during earthquakes at work, school and home. To participate, register on the Great California...

Image 1 - Earthquakes Generate Big Heat In Super-small Areas
2011-10-14 07:18:02

Most earthquakes that are seen, heard, and felt around the world are caused by fast slip on faults. While the earthquake rupture itself can travel on a fault as fast as the speed of sound or better, the fault surfaces behind the rupture are sliding against each other at about a meter per second. But the mechanics that underlie fast slip during earthquakes have eluded scientists, because it´s difficult to replicate those conditions in the laboratory. “We still largely don´t...

2011-10-01 00:15:00

Just when families think that they have done all they can to prepare for an earthquake, âœTotally Unpreparedâ comes in to show them what they may have missed. In the latest video, hostess Susan Jekarl introduces us to the Gingery family - a family that has taken several important steps to prepare for disaster. However, following a ride in the âœBig Shakerâ, they quickly discover that there is still work to be done....

2011-09-30 07:00:00

You can help Californians be the next survival story! Radio & TV Stations are Urged to Transmit a 1-Minute â˜Broadcast Drillâ at 10:20 a.m. on October 20, 2011 â“ Video & Audio Materials Now Available at http://www.ShakeOut.org â“ Registration Nears 8 Million â“ Only 3 weeks Left Until The Great California ShakeOut â“ Are You Prepared to â˜Count...

NASA-Funded Quake Forecast Gets High Scores
2011-10-01 07:18:01

While earthquakes can't yet be predicted, scientists are making advances in their ability to forecast where they are most likely to occur, with the best forecasts now about 10 times more accurate than a random prediction, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, Davis. The researchers compared seven earthquake forecasts submitted to a competition organized by the Southern California Earthquake Center in 2005. Among the competitors was a NASA-funded forecast...

2011-09-29 18:15:00

How a wine rack shakes in an earthquake. Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) September 29, 2011 What happens when a large earthquake simulator meets a pricey wine collection? Find out in the first âœWill It Shakeâ installment from âœTotally Unpreparedâ, as hostess Susan Jekarl heads to the University of California, San Diego to show viewers what happens when the earth starts moving and bottles start flying. UCSD is home to the...

Engineers Simulate Large Quake On Curved Bridge
2011-09-23 09:11:59

  Full-size pickup trucks on bridge deck to add important data to be used for new design standards Six full-size pickup trucks took a wild ride on a 16-foot-high steel bridge when it shook violently in a series of never-before-conducted experiments to investigate the seismic behavior of a curved bridge with vehicles in place. The 145-foot-long, 162-ton steel and concrete bridge was built atop four large, 14-foot by 14-foot, hydraulic shake tables in the University of Nevada, Reno's...


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Pacific Ring of Fire
2013-02-19 13:18:27

The Pacific Ring of Fire, or Ring of Fire for short, is an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. In a 25,000 mile horseshoe shape, it’s associated with an almost continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic belts, volcanic arcs and/or plate movement. The Ring of Fire contains 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75 percent of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes. It’s sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt or the...

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2010-11-15 18:30:29

The Richter scale assigns a single number to quantify the amount of seismic energy released by an earthquake. The scale uses a base-10 logarithm by calculating the logarithm of the combined horizontal amplitude of the largest displacement from zero on a particular type of seismometer. A earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times larger than one that measures 4.0. The moment magnitude, calibrated to give generally similar value for medium-sized...

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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