What Neil deGrasse Tyson is to astrophysics, Lucy Jones
is to seismology.
"The last time there was a large seismic event on the fault that can do us the most harm, the San Andreas, in 1857
, Los Angeles had about 4,000 residents. “We really weren’t worried about keeping a complex social structure in place,” Jones said. But as we get bigger and more complex, we increase our vulnerability."
Jones presented her talk, “Imagine America Without Los Angeles”
to the American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco in 2013.
is the 20th anniversary
of the Northridge quake
, we still haven't quite figured out what to do to mitigate the effects of the BIG ONE to come. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1
on Jan 17, 2014 -
Roger Craig, Giants manager: I was in my office when the walls started shaking. I heard Don Robinson hollering, "Earthquake! Earthquake!
" I told everybody to run out to the parking lot. It was asphalt and it was just rolling. -- Grantland's oral history of the Loma Prieta earthquake and the 1989 World Series
posted by Chrysostom
on Oct 23, 2013 -
in Balochistan (also spelled Baluchistan), a mountainous province of Pakistan, has killed many people and reportedly
flattened many houses in Awaran, the worst-affected district. The force of the earthquake raised the sea bed near the port of Gwadar, creating a new island
. Early estimates of casualties are notoriously
inaccurate, but a preliminary report
by Max Wyss of WAPMERR suggests there will be several thousand deaths.
posted by Joe in Australia
on Sep 24, 2013 -
Massive earthquakes in Chile and Japan have been found
the dramatic increase in violent quakes around fracking's
largely unregulated wastewater injection wells observed in the Midwest in the past two years
, where injected water acts as a lubricant for geological faults
that were previously thought to be "dead" or stable for millions of years.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Sep 1, 2013 -
On Saturday, September 1, 1923, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake
struck the Kantō region of Japan. The resulting fires destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes
in Tokyō and Yokohama, resulting in 142,800 deaths
. A new resource site hosted by the University of Hawai'i, The Great Kantō Earthquake Japan of 1923
, provides images of 199 scanned photographs documenting the destruction and aftermath of what, at the time, was the most powerful earthquake to strike the region. [more inside]
posted by sudasana
on Jun 7, 2013 -
that the largest earthquake to hit Iran in 40 years struck the Balochistan region along the Iran-Pakistan border. At least 45 people are dead, but that figure is expected to rise. Earthquaketrack says
it was 7.8 on the Richter scale. At emptywheel, Jim White notes
that two smaller Iranian earthquakes last year killed over 300 people.
posted by Area Man
on Apr 16, 2013 -
Those who may have seen articles such as this Discover Magazine article
, may want to know more about the Cascadia fault and the possibility of a Fukushima type earthquake [previously: here
Here is the best summary of the science
that led to the discovery of the 1700 earthquake and the history of earlier quakes. Of particular interest is a beautiful piece of data display in Figure 9
that shows the spacing in time and extent of earthquakes over the last 10,000 years based on evidence of tsunamis produced by the quakes.
Finally, here is a great pieces on Surviving a Tsunami
should the need arise.
posted by BillW
on Feb 1, 2013 -
Six natural disaster experts and one government official were sentenced today
to six years in jail for not having warned the populace of the major earthquake that hit L'Aquila, Italy in April of 2009 (previously
). [more inside]
posted by progosk
on Oct 22, 2012 -
“If I had depended on Yéle,” said Diaoly Estimé, whose orphanage features a wall painting of Mr. Jean and his wife, “these kids would all be dead by now.” (SLNYT
posted by Nomyte
on Oct 12, 2012 -
Following the March 2011 earthquake
in Japan, commercials largely disappeared from television. To fill space between the news reports and lists of missing people, the Ad Council of Japan
put together a number of PSAs. Since there were only five or ten of them, the PSAs played thousands of times
over the course of a few months, searing themselves into the memory of the Japanese public. Most were typical messages about common courtesy
, listening to your kids
, and international support
. But one PSA in particular
quickly took on a life of its own, instantly being mashed up with a classic Japanese TV trope: Robot Transformation Sequences
! [more inside]
posted by azuresunday
on Mar 11, 2012 -
On February 22, , 13 [bus passengers] were crushed by an unreinforced brick building at 603-13 Colombo St. I broke half a dozen bones or so, severed a tendon, spent two months in hospital and six months off work. And I was lucky. Twelve people died. I did not know them, but they forever travel with me.
Just after midday, North Carolina native and political scientist Ann Brower
boarded the no. 3 bus to Canterbury University. Shortly afterwards, falling masonry from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake
trapped her and the other passengers in the bus. She was the sole survivor. Now, nearly a year later, she describes her rescue and her recovery
. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim
on Feb 12, 2012 -
On Monday, Google released Memories for the Future
, a website that allows you to "... walk the scarred coastline [after the Japanese tsunami] virtually". "... it is possible to see the full extent of the damage by finding an image in Street View and then clicking the “Before” and “After” links at the top to see how the earthquake and tsunami impacted that area.
" The Japan Real Time blog has a good introduction and writeup
posted by woodblock100
on Dec 13, 2011 -
Ross Becker's photographs
of Christchurch. The central business district reopens this weekend for the first time since the earthquake (Previously: 1
) on February 22, 2011. [more inside]
posted by doublehappy
on Oct 26, 2011 -
This is how it will happen. Let’s pick a day: June 22, 2012. It’s a gorgeous Friday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest, 75 degrees and sunny. It’s been raining for weeks, and in Seattle the freeways are jammed with people fleeing the city to enjoy the rare sunshine. Same story in Portland. Out on the coast, the beach towns are thrumming with tourists.
How a monster earthquake and resulting tsunami would affect the coast and cities of the Pacific NW.
posted by jontyjago
on Aug 26, 2011 -
The Honeymoon From Hell.
Stefan and Erika Svanstrom had planned a long trip that would start in Singapore in early December and end in China four months later.
But things didn't go exactly as planned. They encountered floods, fires, tsunamis and earthquakes along the way.
posted by mannequito
on May 6, 2011 -
The Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan (FCCJ
) has posted a special edition of its No. 1 Shimbun
covering the Tohoku Earthquake: FCCJ members, many of them freelancers, were the first on the scene after the quake and have led coverage since. Weeks after the global media pack left, they're still here.
There's articles by veteran Japan reporters such as Charles Pomeroy
who recently retired to Otsuchi after covering Japan for 50 years, to newer stringers such as Gavin Blair
who worked as a "fixer" for foreign prima-donna journos dashing in and out of the disaster zone. There is a photo by photographer Rob Gilhooly
who recently made a heartbreaking trip into the exclusion zone
near the plants. Although not included in No 1 Shimbun, freelancer Yas Idei
provides a Japanese perspective (in English) about the multiple disasters. Idei's piece about Rokkashomura
is pretty enlightening, frightening, and depressing.
posted by KokuRyu
on Apr 12, 2011 -
"In November 1855, the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo), claiming 7,000 lives and inflicting widespread damage. Within days, a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e (lit. "catfish pictures")
became popular among the residents of the shaken city. These prints featured depictions of mythical giant catfish (namazu) who, according to popular legend, caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs. In addition to providing humor and social commentary, many prints claimed to offer protection from future earthquakes."
posted by madamjujujive
on Apr 8, 2011 -
- Civil Defence New Zealand has released footage of post-earthquake Christchurch.
posted by Catch
on Mar 23, 2011 -
Thinking about natural disasters in your area? There's a map for that! For earthquakes, there is an interactive map
of the US showing the maximum peak ground acceleration that your area has a 10% chance of encountering over the next ten years (about PGA
, worldwide risks
), and a map of global tsunamis
. For weather, look at all F5 tornadoes in the US
, tornado risks abroad
, US hurricanes and cyclones
(this map can also do hail, floods, drought and other weather hazards), and billion dollar natural disasters
in the US. For bonus worries: global nuclear sites
More generally, a PDF of Presidential disaster declarations
and Reliefweb's global crises maps
. And a big map of all natural disasters going on right now
posted by blahblahblah
on Mar 14, 2011 -