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2006-04-18 14:55:17

By Mary Milliken and Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Franciscans were jolted out of their beds at 5:13 a.m. 100 years ago by an earthquake that devastated their city, and on Tuesday they were up before dawn again to celebrate its survival and rebirth after the "Great One." Thousands of people crowded around Lotta's Fountain, a monument where families left messages in search of loved ones after the 1906 quake, to mark the anniversary. Among them were a dozen survivors of...

2006-04-18 11:49:57

By Mary Milliken and Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Franciscans were jolted out of their beds at 5:13 a.m. 100 years ago by an earthquake that devastated their city and on Tuesday they were up before dawn again to celebrate its survival and rebirth after the "Great One." Thousands of people crowded around Lotta's Fountain, a monument where families left messages in search of loved ones after the 1906 quake, to mark the anniversary. Among them were a dozen survivors of...

2006-04-18 08:14:02

By Leonard Anderson and Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An earthquake on the San Andreas fault as large as the one that destroyed San Francisco a century ago could kill thousands and cause $150 billion in damage, scientists said on Monday on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the city's 1906 quake. Areas near the shorelines of San Francisco Bay, especially landfill, are particularly vulnerable. A repeat of the 7.9-magnitude 1906 quake on the San Andreas fault could kill...

2006-04-17 17:46:09

By Leonard Anderson and Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An earthquake on the San Andreas fault as large as the one that destroyed San Francisco a century ago could kill thousands and cause $150 billion in damage, scientists said on Monday on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the city's 1906 quake. Areas near the shorelines of San Francisco Bay, especially landfill, are particularly vulnerable. A repeat of the 7.9-magnitude 1906 quake on the San Andreas fault could kill...

2006-03-29 13:15:55

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scientists on Tuesday unveiled what they described as the most detailed computer simulations of the catastrophic 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The virtual models use three-dimensional geologic maps constructed by the U.S. Geological Survey last year to recreate a comprehensive portrait of how hard and how long the ground shook. "It's so incredibly exciting to see these waves sweeping across," said seismologist Mary Lou Zoback of the USGS in Menlo Park. The computer...

2006-02-25 00:15:00

TORONTO (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 4.5 magnitude rattled Ottawa and western Quebec on Friday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The earthquake struck about 8:39 p.m. (0139 GMT) in the Ontario-Quebec border region, about 30 miles northeast of the Canadian capital. A quake of that magnitude can cause moderate damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremors were also felt in northern New York state and Canadian media...

2006-02-10 06:31:17

LOS ANGELES -- Scientists plan to use $2 million in federal "seed money" to try to learn more about the southern San Andreas Fault, including a segment that has not ruptured in more than three centuries. The 800-mile fault, which slices through California, is best known for producing the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires that killed about 700 people. It is also one of the most monitored quake sites in the world. But scientists know little about the southern end of the...

2006-01-04 05:04:37

LONDON (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the Gulf of California off the Mexican coast on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey Web site said. It said the quake struck 89 km (56 miles) from Santa Rosalia on the east coast of the Baja California peninsula. The nearby coastal area of Mexico is relatively unpopulated. The USGS described it as a "strong" quake. Markets in Europe moved on reports of the quake which struck at 0832 GMT. It boosted demand for safe-haven government...

2005-10-14 13:45:00

The San Francisco Bay region has a 25 percent chance of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake in the next 20 years, and a roughly 1 percent chance of such an earthquake each year, according to the "Virtual California" computer simulation. The Virtual California approach to earthquake forecasting is similar to the computer models used for weather forecasting, said John Rundle, director of the UC Davis Computational Science and Engineering Center, who has developed the model with colleagues from...

2005-10-12 16:10:31

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan on Wednesday, 85 miles north of Islamabad, according to preliminary reports from the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake, which occurred at 1:23 a.m. local time on Thursday, is the latest in a series of aftershocks in the four days after a devastating earthquake in the region that is estimated to have killed more than 40,000 people.


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.