Latest Roger Bilham Stories

2011-01-13 08:10:00

A new assessment of global earthquake fatalities over the past three decades indicates that 83 percent of all deaths caused by the collapse of buildings during earthquakes occurred in countries considered to be unusually corrupt. Authored by Professor Nicholas Ambraseys of the Imperial College of London and Professor Roger Bilham of the University Colorado at Boulder, the study also found that in some relatively wealthy countries where knowledge and sound business practices would be expected...

2010-03-09 06:15:00

Experts say the earthquakes that shook Haiti, then Chile and Turkey are not a problem of what is happening under the ground, but above it. Scientists say that more people are moving into megacities that happen to be built on fault lines, and they are building substandard structures that cannot withstand earthquakes. Better seismic monitoring and around-the-clock news coverage has made it seem that earthquakes are increasing. "I can definitely tell you that the world is not coming to an...

2010-01-15 17:40:22

The death toll in the massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti Jan. 12 is expected to continue to rise in the coming days, likely in large part because of corruption and resulting shoddy construction practices in the poor Caribbean nation, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder seismologist. The earthquake hit about 10 miles west of the capitol city of Porte-au-Prince, which has about 2 million inhabitants, said Professor Roger Bilham of CU-Boulder's geological sciences department....

2005-12-07 17:20:00

While the rupture zones of recent major earthquakes are immune to similar-sized earthquakes for hundreds of years, they could be vulnerable to even bigger destructive temblors sooner than scientists suspect, according to analysis by University of Colorado seismologist Roger Bilham. Bilham and his research colleagues explained that the magnitude 9.3 Indian Ocean earthquake of December 2004 showed scientists that a giant earthquake can rupture through a region with a recent history of quakes...

2005-06-27 06:21:07

When will the next Indonesian tsunami strike? With last December's tragedy and a second large earthquake in the area just three months later, that's more than just an abstract scientific question. But there is no scientific answer. "If anyone tells you they know, they're pulling your leg," says geophysics professor Rob McCaffrey of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. The Dec. 26 tsunami, the most devastating in recorded history, was triggered by the biggest earthquake in 40...

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