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Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes off Honduras coast – USGS

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A powerful and shallow 7.6-magnitude earthquake hits the waters off the coast of Hondura, triggering tsunami threats and advisories for nearby Caribbean shores

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Jan. 10, 2018) — A powerful and shallow 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit the waters off the coast of Honduras late Tuesday, January 9, triggering tsunami threats and advisories for nearby Caribbean shores, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Continue reading Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes off Honduras coast – USGS

Probability Analysis Improves Hazard Assessment

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Tsunamis, such as the one in 2011 triggered by a powerful earthquake off the coast of Japan, are rare yet devastating natural events. Credit: Warren Antiola ( CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics describes a probabilistic method for evaluating tsunami location, size, and risk to human populations

January 3, 2018 — Many of the world’s natural events from earthquakes and volcanoes to tornados and landslides affect human populations. Estimating the likelihood of occurrence and frequency Continue reading Probability Analysis Improves Hazard Assessment

Bonn climate talks must go further than Paris pledges to succeed

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Frank Bainimarama (L), prime minister of Fiji and host of the Bonn talks, meets with Ambassador Aziz Mekouar of Morocco. Photograph: James Dowson/UNFCCC

Hosts Fiji will be aiming to build transparency and constructive dialogue – and this will be crucial to successfully ratcheting up the tough climate targets sidestepped at Paris

November 6, 2017 — Talanoa is a Fijian term for discussions aimed at building consensus, airing differences constructively, and finding ways to overcome difficulties or embark on new projects. It is one of Continue reading Bonn climate talks must go further than Paris pledges to succeed

Storms May Have Produced Most Mediterranean “Tsunami” Deposits

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Researchers recently revisited geological evidence thought to indicate 135 tsunami events in eight nations ringing the Mediterranean basin. Credit: NASA

A new analysis reveals that nearly all of the region’s sedimentary evidence ascribed to tsunamis, which dates back 4,500 years, corresponds to periods of heightened storminess

October 18, 2017 — Records of tsunamis and coastal storms abound along the Mediterranean seaboard, home to large cities such as Istanbul, Tel Aviv, and Naples and roughly 130 million people. But differentiating between these two types of natural disasters, which is critical for accurately estimating their relative risks, is challenging because they both sweep sedimentary material inland. Continue reading Storms May Have Produced Most Mediterranean “Tsunami” Deposits

Faults off Alaska Look Akin to Those Behind 2011 Japan Disaster

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Previously unrecognized tsunami dangers may threaten towns in the Aleutian Islands, like this one on Unalaska Island, Alaska, as well as parts of the U.S. West Coast and other far-flung shores. Credit: lfreytag/iStock/Getty Images Plus

In a seismically quiet segment of Alaska’s subduction zone lie faults with structures similar to those of the system that caused the deadly Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

September 22, 2017 — Recent high-resolution imaging of a major subduction zone running along the Aleutian Islands shows that an area known as the Shumagin Gap may pose a significant tsunami risk Continue reading Faults off Alaska Look Akin to Those Behind 2011 Japan Disaster

Phivolcs urges youth: Prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis

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UNDERSTANDING HAZARDS. To commemorate World Tsunami Awareness Day, scientists of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology orient students on earthquakes and tsunamis. Photo by Gwen de la Cruz/Rappler.com

Earthquake experts from Phivolcs teach high school students what to do in case disaster strikes

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 5, 2016) — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) oriented high school students from Metro Manila schools on how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis on Friday, November 4, in observance of World Tsunami Awareness Day.  Continue reading Phivolcs urges youth: Prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis

Ecuador quake toll rises to 233 dead

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FRANTIC SEARCH. Residents and army forces look for survivors after a powerful earthquake, in the town of Pedernales, Ecuador, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jose Jacome/EPA
Vice President Jorge Glas says the earthquake is the ‘worst seismic movement we have faced in decades’

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (Apr. 17, 2016) – Rescuers in Ecuador raced to dig out people trapped under the rubble of homes and businesses on Sunday, April 17, following a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 233.

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Japan marks 5th anniversary of quake, tsunami disaster with moment of silence

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AFTER 5 YEARS. Visitors offer a prayer for victims, at the former Disaster Prevention Center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 10, 2016. 43 people were killed when a 15.5-meter high wave hit the town. Japan will mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA
‘I hope people will remember us, that lives of evacuees are still difficult in many ways, including financially,’ Kazuko Nihei, 39, says at a memorial event in a Tokyo park

TOKYO, Japan (Mar. 11, 2016) — Japan paused on Friday, March 11 to mark five years since an offshore earthquake spawned a monster tsunami that left about 18,500 people dead or missing along its Continue reading Japan marks 5th anniversary of quake, tsunami disaster with moment of silence

Fukushima mistakes linger as Japan marks 5th anniversary

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GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File
As officials vow to prevent a repeat, some critics say Tokyo’s push to restart switched-off nuclear reactors is proof that the lessons of the tragedy have not been learned

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Mar. 10, 2016) — The complacency and cozy relationships blamed for the Fukushima nuclear accident are still a problem in Japan, experts warn, even as the country faces the Continue reading Fukushima mistakes linger as Japan marks 5th anniversary

Former TEPCO bosses indicted over Fukushima disaster

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NUCLEAR CRISIS. A file picture dated March 12, 2011 shows an overview of the Fukushima I nuclear plant in Japan, shortly before an explosion happened. File photo by EPA
If convicted, they face up to 5 years in prison or a penalty of up to one million yen ($8,850)

TOKYO, Japan (Feb. 29, 2016) — Three former executives of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant operator were indicted Monday, February 29, over the 2011 atomic accident, in what will be the first criminal trial linked to the disaster.

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