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Iceland Keeps Eye On Katla Volcano After Tremors
2011-09-07 09:33:03

  Iceland´s Katla volcano has been the site of small but increasing earthquake activity but scientists said Tuesday there is no immediate concern that the increased seismic activity will trigger a dangerous eruption. Earthquakes around Katla are common, increases in cluster earthquakes are not, reports the Associated Press (AP). “It´s one of the most feared volcanos, so we´re closely monitoring it,” Pall Einarsson of the University of Iceland told AP's...

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2011-08-23 19:03:28

  Virginia was rocked by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday that was felt all the way into New York City and beyond. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said that the 5.9-magnitude earthquake's epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia, about 100 miles away from Washington D.C. Buildings throughout Washington and New York City were evacuated, including the Pentagon. CNN reported that there is standing water from a pipe broken at the Pentagon as a result of the earthquake. The...

2011-08-18 00:00:42

Local insurance experts provide residents with earthquake safety information. Anaheim, California (PRWEB) August 17, 2011 It seems as though the last five years have been rife with natural disasters that have occurred all around the world, which is why local California home insurance agency Hall, Mahar & Associates is helping more and more local residents obtain the coverage they need to protect their houses in cases of unforeseeable damages. However, basic house insurance may not cover...

2011-08-17 03:00:00

CHENGDU, China, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Chengdu Institute of Care-life (ICL), Chengdu Meihuan Tech. Co., Ltd. ("Meihuan Tech.") and I. Trade International Trade Ltd. ("I. Trade") signed a strategic co-operation agreement last week. I. Trade is going to set up the earthquake early warning system in Haiti to reduce the damage and loss caused by earthquakes. Earthquake early warning is a technology that gives people alarms before the arrival of a disastrous earthquake wave to...

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2011-08-15 06:44:01

Like scars that remain on the skin long after a wound has healed, earthquake fault lines can be traced on Earth's surface long after their initial rupture. Typically, this line of intersection between the area where the fault slips and the ground is more complicated at the surface than at depth. But a new study of the April 4, 2010, El Mayor"“Cucapah earthquake in Mexico reveals a reversal of this trend. While the fault involved in the event appeared to be superficially straight, the...

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2011-08-08 14:07:02

MIT researchers report that they have reconstructed Baja California's 2010 "Easter Earthquakes." The earthquake that shook Baja California took placed on April 4, 2010, sending tremors throughout a region 40 miles south of the U.S. - Mexico border. The months after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake triggered aftershocks that shook Los Angeles. "The southern San Andreas Fault has not had a major earthquake on it since the 1600s," Thomas Herring, professor of geophysics in the Department of Earth,...

2011-07-27 00:01:19

Following natural disasters, increased communication is common, as people seek to contact family and friends in the disasters zone, and seek information regarding food, shelter and transportation. The Japanese earthquake, however, was the first major disaster of a developed nation in the age of social media. Beat Communication Co., Ltd., the largest provider of social networking packages in Japan, conducted a research on the use of social media before and after the March 11th Earthquake. Due...


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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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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'