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2011-03-14 09:05:00

While Japan's 8.9-magnitude earthquake and accompanying tsunami represent a devastating natural disaster for the country's residents, scientists should also seize upon the massive temblor as an important learning tool for future quakes around the world, including the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States, according to experts from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). WHOI geophysicist Jeff McGuire said such lessons may be particularly germane to residents of Northern...

2011-03-12 00:00:28

Award-Winning Author and Expert on Earth's Inner Structure Explains Earthquakes and Tsunami in Layman's Terms New York, NY (PRWEB) March 11, 2011 Dr. Michael Wysession, a renowned authority on earthquake's seismic tomography, is available for media interviews as an expert commentator on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. A co-author of Pearson's digital "Interactive Science" program for middle grades and more than 50 other scientific publications, Wysession was awarded the prestigious...

2011-03-12 00:00:28

Information on Japan's March 11 Natural Disaster Updated Regularly on Trusted Reference Site Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 11, 2011 As people around the world focus on the aftermath of the enormous earthquake and deadly tsunami that hit Japan today, they can turn to the trusted reference website Infoplease for details about this natural disaster, what causes these types of events and the repercussions for other countries. The site has launched a special page, "Tsunami in Japan 2011: Waves...

2011-03-11 16:14:00

Special Looks at What a Similar Quake Could Do to Seattle, Washington, and America's Pacific Northwest WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In light of today's devastating earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami barreling across the Pacific Ocean, National Geographic Channel will air the world premiere special Countdown to Catastrophe: Mega Quake this Sunday, March 13, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Countdown to Catastrophe: Mega Quake As the world witnesses what a devastating...

2011-03-11 11:17:00

LOS ANGELES, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- International Medical Corps is responding to the situation in Japan and tsunami-warning areas, following an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan's coast, triggering a tsunami that devastated northern parts of the country and put a tsunami warning in effect for much of the Pacific. "We are putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate...

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2011-03-16 06:10:00

Japanese Earthquake And Tsunami Updates UPDATE: Wednesday, 16 March 2011 6:10am CST Japanese authorities have been desperately trying to prevent an environmental catastrophe at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex some 140 miles north of Tokyo.  Workers at the facility have been scrambling to keep the radioactive cores of the reactors from evaporating, which would lead to overheating and possibly a dangerous meltdown. The tsunami that hit Japan following the devastating...

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2011-03-07 13:51:20

The Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake that took place on February 22 has been illustrated in new radar imagery. The magnitude 6.3 tremor killed over 160 people and shattered a city reeling from a previous seismic event in September. Data downloaded from the Japanese Alos spacecraft mapped the way the ground deformed during the most recent quake. It shows clearly that the focus of the tremor was right under the city's south-eastern suburbs. The type of image is known as a synthetic...

2011-03-03 07:45:00

BERKELEY, Calif., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rosendin Electric (www.rosendin.com), the nation's largest private electrical contractor and a 100-percent employee-owned company, today announced that the company has started work on the seismic retrofit of the California Memorial Stadium at the University of California, Berkeley. This construction project, valued at $321 million, includes a modular design to protect the structure in the event of an earthquake and an upgrade of the entire...

2011-02-25 15:15:54

By studying seismographs from the earthquake that hit Chile last February, earth scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found a statistically significant increase of microearthquakes in central California in the first few hours after the main shock. The observation provides an additional support that seismic waves from distant earthquakes could also trigger seismic events on the other side of the earth. The results may be found online in the journal Geophysical Research...

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2011-02-25 11:13:28

A day after a powerful magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocked Christchurch, a city of 377,000 on New Zealand's South Island, on Feb. 22, 2011, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft imaged the Christchurch region. The imaging was done at the request of the International Charter, Space and Major Disasters, which provides emergency satellite data to federal agencies in disaster-stricken regions. Two images are presented here....


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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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