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2008-12-11 15:35:00

Researchers reported Thursday that a study of reefs in Indonesia found that corals record cyclical events in the environment, and that these events could foretell a considerable earthquake in the eastern Indian Ocean within the next twenty years. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology's Tectonics Observatory studied corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, and found them to include annual growth rings, similar to those in tree trunks, which document cyclical events such as...

2006-03-30 17:45:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The fault that caused the devastating earthquake in Indonesia in December 2004 and the destructive tsunami that followed could still cause some big ruptures, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. Analysis of the damage of a quake that followed in the same area three months later shows potential for large movements south of the 2004 and 2005 ruptures, Richard Briggs and Kerry Sieh of the California Institute of Technology said. "This southern part is very likely about ready...

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2006-03-02 04:15:00

PASADENA, Calif. -- The Sumatra-Andaman earthquake of December 26, 2004, was one of the worst natural disasters in recent memory, mostly on account of the devastating tsunami that followed it. A group of geologists and geophysicists, including scientists at the California Institute of Technology, has delineated the full dimensions of the fault rupture that caused the earthquake. Their findings, reported in the March 2 issue of the journal Nature, suggest that previous ideas about where giant...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.