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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...

2011-04-07 08:45:54

For many years, most scientists studying Tibet have thought that a very hot and very weak lower and middle crust underlies its plateau, flowing like a fluid. Now, a team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is questioning this long-held belief and proposing that an entirely different mechanism is at play. "The idea that Tibet is more or less floating on a layer of partially molten crust is accepted in the research community. Our research proposes the opposite...

2011-04-07 06:00:00

Rarely Seen Home Video, Cell Phone Video and News Coverage Provide Immediacy and Raw Emotion in Detailed, Chronological Account of the Disaster "The tsunami is speeding towards us and is swallowing everything."-- A person fleeing for safety in a Japanese coastal town Witness: Disaster in Japan Premieres Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 10 PM ET/PT WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world watched in horror on March 11, 2011, as the fourth largest earthquake ever...

2011-04-06 02:00:00

HIMEJI, Japan, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- We at the Showa Group would like to inform you about the effects that the recent tragic events in Japan have had on our company. We understand that there have been questions raised about this recently and below you will find in detail the answers to some of the most common ones. We also would like to thank you for your continued support and concern for our well-being. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20110406/447899 ) 1....

2011-04-01 15:20:01

First such station installed northwest of Columbia, Mississippi Most seismic activity--and earthquakes--have been in the U.S. West. But the East is not out of the woods in terms of risk, geologists say. After a six-year march eastward from the U.S. West Coast, the EarthScope Transportable Array seismic network has reached a major milestone: installation of the first Transportable Array station east of the Mississippi River. Station 345A, located on a private farm about 15 miles northwest of...

2011-03-30 17:07:21

A new National Research Council report presents a 20-year road map for increasing U.S. resilience to earthquakes, including a major earthquake that could strike a highly populated area. The report was mostly written prior to the March 11 earthquake in Japan, but the committee of experts who authored it noted that the Japanese experience is a reminder of the devastation that can occur even in a country acknowledged as a leader in implementing earthquake-resilience measures. In recent decades,...

2011-03-28 05:55:00

Mega-quakes, such as the recent massive temblor off the coast of Japan are not expected to set off other large quakes in distant regions of the world, according to a study published by the US Geological Survey (USGS). There is a current novel theory that a large quake in one continent can unleash a quake in another. Tom Parsons and Aaron Velasco of the US Geological Survey and the University of Texas at El Paso explained their counter theory to AFP. Parsons and Velasco looked at all...

2011-03-25 00:00:30

AccuConference is offering free calls to Japan in the wake of the earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear crisis taking place there. For the rest of March, anyone who needs to get in touch with people in Japan can place calls for free up to $100. Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) March 24, 2011 AccuConference announced today free calling to Japan for all those who need to communicate with people in the country. Following widespread destruction from the earthquake and tsunami, and amid growing fears of nuclear...

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...

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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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