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2011-03-24 11:29:23

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar on Thursday night, shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 600,000 people could feel shaking anywhere from strong to violent.  It said that buildings in the area could be expected to have moderate to very heavy damage because buildings in the area are considered vulnerable. Buildings in Bangkok, which is located about 480 miles south of the epicenter, also felt the effects of the quake. The...

2011-03-22 13:03:00

LONDON, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Because of the time difference, I, like most of Britain, discovered the news of the Tohoku earthquake hours after the record-breaking 9.0 magnitude tremor was recorded 81 miles off the Japanese East Coast - an earthquake so epic that the resulting tsunami reached across the Pacific and the coasts of America and New Zealand. But for the rest of the waking world, news about the unfolding crisis happened instantaneously - because of the amazing reach of...

2011-03-22 11:53:00

AUSTIN, Texas, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Austin companies RunTex, Appconomy, and edioma announced today the "AustinCares" campaign to raise disaster relief funds for victims of the recent earthquake in Japan. Ravaged by March 11 earthquakes and resulting tsunamis, Japan faces devastating human loss, untold economic damage, and potential nuclear disaster. Even now, Japanese officials struggle to contain what could be worldwide nuclear fallout from severe damage to multiple...

2011-03-22 09:07:47

Five Sony plants in Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu and Oita, Japan have suspended operations until the end of March after the March 11 earthquake due to shortages of components and intermittent power outages. The maker of the popular Vaio personal computer and PlayStation 3 gaming console confirmed in a press release that no employees were killed in the 9.0 magnitude quake, nor the tsunami that followed which devastated coastal towns along the northern portions of Japan. Parts and material shortages...

2011-03-22 00:00:29

PhysioGenix, a diabetes and cardiovascular Preclinical Contract Research Organization, donates money to the American Red Cross to aid in the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief effort. Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) March 21, 2011 PhysioGenix has donated to the American Red Cross to help provide relief for the recent earthquake and tsunami victims. PhysioGenix has been in e-mail contact with several of their Japanese colleagues who have informed them that they and their families are all...

2011-03-22 00:00:28

Aaron Equipment Company Reminding Business Owners of the Importance of Being Prepared Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 21, 2011 In the wake of a natural disaster that is being hailed as the worst crisis for Japan since World War II, millions of Japanese citizens are learning just how much havoc an unexpected event can wreak. Having backup generators in place could have averted some of the devastating after effects that resulted from the earthquake and tsunami. In particular, it could have...

2011-03-21 19:44:52

TAU researchers investigate sediment slides and coral reefs to study historic earthquake patterns In the wake of the devastating loss of life in Japan, the urgent question is where the next big earthquake will hit. To answer it, geologist Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham and his doctoral student Gal Hartman of Tel Aviv University's Department of Physics and Planetary Sciences in the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences are examining coral reefs and submarine canyons to detect earthquake...

2011-03-21 14:41:08

Geologists say the earthquake that rocked Japan on March 11 has altered the earth's surface and loaded more stress on a fault line much closer to Tokyo. Roger Musson of the British Geological Survey said that the structure of the tectonic plates and fault lines around the city makes it unlikely that Tokyo would be hit by a quake anywhere near the intensity of the 9.0-magnitude one that struck a few weeks ago. However, any trembler could be devastating given the 39 million people who live in...

2011-03-19 04:53:36

The oldest segment of Japan's population will likely be the hardest hit as a result of the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami, based on data from previous catastrophic events. Approximately 23 percent of Japanese citizens currently are age 65 and above. "Japan's population "” with the highest proportion of older people in any country "” gives us an indicator of where the world as a whole is headed," said James Appleby, RPh, MPH, executive director of The Gerontological...

2011-03-18 06:15:00

When Japan's devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake began last Friday afternoon, engineers at Google's Tokyo offices were initially undaunted. But as the disaster unfolded, and the scope of the tragedy became clear, they contacted Google.org, Google's philanthropic unit, to suggest it play a role in the emergency response as it had after the recent earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and New Zealand. Within an hour, as aftershocks shook the capital city, the "ËœJapan Person Finder' website...

Latest Earthquake Reference Libraries

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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