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2011-04-18 13:15:36

The U.S. Geological Survey said that a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck in the South Pacific on Monday. The survey said that the epicenter was south of the Kermadeic Islands, about 340 miles east-northeast of Auckland, New Zealand. The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4, but the U.S. Geological Survey later increased to a 6.6-magnitude quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that it does not expect the earthquake to generate "a destructive, Pacific-wide tsunami." A...

2011-04-17 07:21:24

A pair of moderate earthquakes rattled Australia and New Zealand on Saturday.  An initial quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale struck about 80 miles southeast of the Australian coastal city of Townsville at 3.31pm local time (0531 GMT), at a depth of about 6 miles below the ocean floor, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The temblor was followed by a magnitude 5.3 aftershock that hit minutes later in Christchurch, New Zealand, which suffered a devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake...

2011-04-14 06:10:00

A leading scientist on Wednesday said that Japan's northeastern coast has suffered many powerful earthquakes and large tsunamis in the past and nuclear power plants should have been built to withstand these natural disasters, reports AFP. The scientist also noted that the crippled plant in Fukushima may have survived the disaster had the government not put faith in a flawed earthquake prediction system. Geophysics professor Robert Geller said the Japanese authorities rely on annual "hazard...

2011-04-13 14:52:35

Scientists have found a link between intensifying climate events and tectonic plate movements in findings that could provide a valuable insight into why huge tremors take place. Understanding why plates change direction and speed is key to unlocking huge seismic events like last month's Japan earthquake, which shifted Earth's axis by several inches. The researchers from France and Germany found that the strengthening Indian monsoon had accelerated movement of the Indian plate over the past...

2011-04-11 07:35:00

Today, exactly one month after northern Japan was shaken by the 9.0-magnitude quake, a 6.6 magnitude aftershock rattled the same area around Fukushima. A warning for a 3-foot tsunami was issued after the temblor hit the northeast coast 5:16 p.m. local time, ABC News is reporting. The latest quake was reported to cause landslides in the city of Iwaki, including one that buried three houses and trapped four people inside, police in Fukushima Prefecture told CNN News. Attempts to rescue the...

2011-04-09 06:10:00

Countless aftershocks that have shaken the already ravaged country of Japan from the initial 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 11 have been blamed on the increasing number of people experiencing motion sickness, reports the AFP news agency. "We are seeing a sharp increase in the number of patients complaining of dizziness," the Mejiro University Clinic said on its website. Hideaki Sakata, chief physician at the clinic, which specializes in ear, nose and throat...

2011-04-08 15:43:37

Seismology tip sheet: New Madrid seismic zone, Japan quake, earthquake triggering and more among topics to be discussed This tip sheet highlights presentations at the upcoming international meeting of SSA, which is an international scientific society devoted to the advancement of seismology and its applications in understanding and mitigating earthquake hazards and in imaging the structure of the Earth. These summaries reflect submitted abstracts and the actual presentations will include...

2011-04-08 00:00:27

Recent catastrophic disasters and chaos in the Middle East have sparked fear around the world creating a renewed interest in modern shelters. Green Eye Technology provides luxury military-grade structures which can withstand the strongest storms as well as nuclear, biological or chemical disaster. Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) April 7, 2011 The world is abuzz with fear that the end may be close. If recent headlines are any indication of what's to come, those fears might be valid. With catastrophic...

2011-04-07 12:36:48

An earthquake rocked southern and central Mexico on Thursday causing only minor damage. The epicenter of the quake was near Las Choapas, which is a town with a population of 83,000 residents and 370 miles southeast of Mexico City.  The earthquake swayed buildings for several seconds in the capital, and in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, people ran from their homes and school children assembled on playgrounds. Bernabe Hernandez Perez, head of civil protection in Las Choapas, told The...

2011-04-07 10:55:00

Another earthquake hit Japan today, just weeks after another devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the northeastern coast. A tsunami warming for a wave up to 6-feet has been issued by the Japan meteorological agency.  The warning was issued for a coastal area already torn apart by the tsunami that struck last month and took 25,000 lives sparking an ongoing crisis at a nuclear power plant. Officials say Thursday's quake was a 7.1-magnitude and hit 25 miles under water and off the...

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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...

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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