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  • How animals predict earthquakes

    11/30/2011 6:08:59 PM PST · by Dysart · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 12-1-2011 | Victoria Gill
    Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur when an earthquake is about to strike. This, scientists say, could be the cause of bizarre earthquake-associated animal behaviour. Researchers began to investigate these chemical effects after seeing a colony of toads abandon its pond in L'Aquila, Italy in 2009 - days before a quake. They suggest that animal behaviour could be incorporated into earthquake forecasting. Continue reading the main story “ Start Quote When you think of all of the many things that are happening to these rocks, it would be weird if the animals weren't affected in some way”...
  • Can Fracking Cause Earthquakes? [Oy vey...]

    11/14/2011 6:06:05 PM PST · by The Pack Knight · 18 replies
    The Week via Yahoo! News ^ | 14 November 2011 | "The Week's Editorial Staff" [as in no one's willing to put their name on this]
    A sharp increase in Oklahoma's seismic activity has many wondering if underground drilling is responsible. On Nov. 5, a 5.6-magnitude tremor rattled Oklahoma — one of the strongest to ever hit the state. Oklahoma is typically seismically stable with about 50 small quakes a year. But in 2009, that number jumped up to more than 1,000. Some people say the increasingly common use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — the controversial practice of blasting underground rock formations with high-pressure water, sand, and chemicals to extract natural gas — may have put stress on fault lines. Can human activity really cause...
  • U.S. Government Confirms Link Between Earthquakes and Hydraulic Fracturing

    11/08/2011 10:26:25 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 37 replies ^ | 08/11/2011 | Dr. John C.K. Daly
    On 5 November an earthquake measuring 5.6 rattled Oklahoma and was felt as far away as Illinois. Until two years ago Oklahoma typically had about 50 earthquakes a year, but in 2010, 1,047 quakes shook the state. Why? In Lincoln County, where most of this past weekend's seismic incidents were centered, there are 181 injection wells, according to Matt Skinner, an official from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the agency which oversees oil and gas production in the state. Cause and effect? The practice of injecting water into deep rock formations causes earthquakes, both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Geological...
  • Cracks from 5.6 quake found in the earth near Sparks

    11/06/2011 8:48:26 PM PST · by SoonerStorm09 · 20 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | November 6, 2011 | Andrew W. Griffin
    SPARKS, Okla. – Near a remote, dirt road intersection not far from this Lincoln County community, there are at least five visible cracks in the road, evidence of the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that was centered here late Saturday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Having experienced an earthquake both at Red Dirt Report headquarters in Oklahoma City and another one while visiting Oklahoma State University in Stillwater – all in less than 24 hours, your Red Dirt Reporter, along with RDR contributor Ted H. Smith and photographer Marie Mentesana did our research as to the location of the quake’s...
  • Another quake in Oklahoma (Update: 5.6 Magnitude)

    11/05/2011 9:06:07 PM PDT · by optiguy · 187 replies · 1+ views
    Self | Optiguy
    That one felt bigger here in south OKC than yesterdays.
  • I Think We Just Had an Earthquake in KANSAS (and no, I'm not drunk)

    11/05/2011 9:05:59 PM PDT · by teenyelliott · 57 replies
    Anyone else feel that? Freaked my kids out, hubby too.
  • U.K. Quakes Likely Caused by Fracking

    11/02/2011 4:03:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 2 November 2011 | Sara Reardon
    Two small earthquakes that shook the Lancashire coast of northeast England and the nearby city of Blackpool earlier this year were probably caused by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking—a shale gas extraction technique that was being used nearby to explore its shale gas wells—according to a report(PDF) released today. The energy company Cuadrilla Resources had begun an experimental drilling operation half a kilometer from the quakes' epicenter in March. Fracking has caused concerns in some countries over its potential health and environmental impact—critics accuse it of contaminating drinking water with gas and the chemicals used for extraction—and it is banned in...
  • In wake of quake, Californians would benefit most from ‘Affordability Act’

    09/15/2011 6:01:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2011 | Tim Devaney
    With the East Coast earthquake still a fresh memory, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing a bill designed to cut rates so more homeowners can afford quake insurance coverage, but the scope of the plan remains a big question mark with critics arguing that California would be the big winner at the expense of the rest of the nation. The nonprofit California Earthquake Authority is pushing the “Earthquake Insurance Affordability Act” that it says would cut rates by as much as 20 percent for homeowners. It also could leave the federal government on the hook for up to $5 billion...
  • Earthquakes - 6.0+

    09/15/2011 4:45:33 AM PDT · by Keith in Iowa · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Self | 9/15/11 | me
    Quite unusual.
  • 1 Million Dead in 30 Seconds: In an increasingly urbanized world, earthquakes threaten...

    08/23/2011 9:08:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 52+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2011 | Claire Berlinski
    In an increasingly urbanized world, earthquakes threaten unprepared cities with mass destruction.Seismic risk mitigation is the greatest urban policy challenge that the world confronts today. If you consider that too strong a claim, try to imagine another way in which bad urban policy could kill a million people in 30 seconds. Yet the politics of earthquakes are rarely discussed, and when discussed, widely misunderstood. Take the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, which released 600 million times the energy of the Hiroshima bomb. The ensuing partial meltdown of the Fukushima reactor prompted international hysteria about nuclear power, but few...
  • Major earthquake strikes off the northern coast of Japan

    07/09/2011 7:51:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies · 1+ views
    (CNN) -- A major earthquake struck off northeastern Japan Sunday, prompting tsunami advisories for several coastal regions, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, according to the Japanese news agency Kyodo. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at 10:57 a.m. at the epicenter, about 130 miles east of Sendai. The earthquake was more than 20 miles deep and had a magnitude of 7.0, the USGS said. The JMA measured the magnitude of the quake at 7.1.
  • Flooding of ancient Salton Sea linked to San Andreas earthquakes

    06/27/2011 8:31:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 20 replies
    University of California - San Diego ^ | June 26, 2011 | Unknown
    Study finds that faults beneath the Salton Sea ruptured during Colorado River floods and may have triggered large earthquakes on the southern San Andreas FaultSouthern California's Salton Sea, once a large natural lake fed by the Colorado River, may play an important role in the earthquake cycle of the southern San Andreas Fault and may have triggered large earthquakes in the past. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Nevada, Reno, discovered new faults in the Salton Sea near the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. By examining...
  • 7.2 Earthquake in Alaska – Tsunami Warning Canceled ( More to come for West Coast?)

    06/24/2011 11:53:10 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies · 1+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | June 23, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    From USGS:This event has been reviewed by a seismologist. Magnitude 7.2 Date-Time Friday, June 24, 2011 at 03:09:40 UTCThursday, June 23, 2011 at 06:09:40 PM at epicenterTime of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.008°N, 171.859°W Depth 62.6 km (38.9 miles) Region FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA Distances 162 km (101 miles) E (97°) from Atka, AK228 km (142 miles) WSW (244°) from Nikolski, AK328 km (204 miles) E (86°) from Adak, AK1681 km (1045 miles) WSW (243°) from Anchorage, AK Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.8 km (8.6 miles); depth +/- 5.3 km (3.3 miles) Parameters NST=784, Nph=791, Dmin=231.5 km,...
  • Italian Scientists to Stand Trial for Manslaughter in Quake Case

    05/27/2011 9:02:48 PM PDT · by kingu · 27 replies
    AAAS Science Mag ^ | May 25, 2011 | Edwin Cartlidge
    ROME—Enzo Boschi, the president of Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), will face trial on charges of manslaughter with six other scientists and technicians for failing to alert the residents of L'Aquila ahead of the devastating earthquake that struck the central Italian town on 6 April 2009, killing 308 people. The seven experts sit on the nation's major risks committee, and were probed by L'Aquila prosecutors after members of the public complained that it was the committee's reassurances that persuaded them not to leave their homes ahead of the quake.
  • Real time link to earthquake watch

    05/21/2011 5:43:31 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 30 replies · 2+ views
    USGS ^ | 5/21/11 | USGS
    The Red Squares represent earthquakes within the past hour. The size of the square represents the magnitude of the quake.
  • Large, distant quakes can trigger changes in the San Andreas Fault, new study finds

    05/10/2011 5:57:38 PM PDT · by decimon · 42 replies
    Mercury News ^ | May 10, 2011 | Paul Rogers
    Distant earthquakes -- even thousands of miles away -- have far more impact on California's San Andreas Fault than scientists previously realized, new research has found. Large quakes like the magnitude 9.1 event in Sumatra that triggered tsunami waves across the Indian ocean in 2004 and the 8.8 quake in Chile last year caused parts of the San Andreas fault deep underground to suddenly slip, setting off small tremors, according to a study released Tuesday by seismologists with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. There's still no evidence that large quakes in one part of the world can set...
  • Yellowstone Wyoming Earthquake: Magnitude 3.3 Hits Yellowstone National Park

    05/09/2011 10:03:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Batangas Today ^ | May 9, 2011 | Jena Isle
    Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.3, one of many earthquakes that the park is assailed with every year. According to local news sites and the US Geological Survey (USGS) May 8, 2011. ... A 7.5 magnitude earthquake, which occurred in 1959, near the Hebgen Lake though, had killed 28 people. According to geologists however, the Yellowstone caldera itself is unlikely to experience large earthquakes because the weakened bedrock is less likely to burst due to high subsurface temperatures.
  • Swarm of [Nevada] Quakes have Experts Concerned

    04/15/2011 5:33:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 77 replies ^ | Friday April 15, 2011 10:09am PDT | Brooke Boone
    Nevada Seismologists are keeping a close eye on an area southwest of Hawthorne, Nevada where hundreds of earthquakes have been detected since Sunday. " It's a little bit concerning in a sense.. The largest earthquakes in these sequences are pretty large in size." Graham Kent is Director of Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada Reno. He says there have been hundreds of earthquakes southwest of Hawthorne over the past few days. The largest-- recorded at a 4.4 in size. "These are the biggest in a sequence we've seen at least in the last couple of years." Kent says...
  • Fires, Cars: More Deadly Than Nuclear Power!

    04/01/2011 7:21:59 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 1, 2011 | Dan Miller
    The extraordinarily powerful magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan were truly terrible — many lives were lost and there was great destruction. President Obama’s heart went out to the people of Japan and he did his presidential best “during this enormous tragedy, please know that America will always stand by one of its greatest allies during their time of need.” We know that’s true because he wrote it and because he told us, compassionately, to assist the Japanese while filling out brackets for the NCAA basketball tournaments. . . . As White House press secretary Jay Carney stated, it...
  • Did Christ Crush Christchurch In New Zealand? Did God Jump On Japan?

    03/24/2011 4:35:38 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 31 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 03/24/2011 | JoeClarke.Net
    I've heard so much from radio and television prophets as of late that, "The God of love certainly does not direct nature to perform catastrophic calamities such as floods, earthquakes, famines, etc." We are so ready to recognize Christ as the ultimate benevolent God, Who does nothing but direct His flock in only a Good Shepherdly way, and would never chasten, or worse, His people, or those who want nothing to do with Him, ie., unbelievers. Not knowing always when and where God meets out calamity, or exactly for what reasons, it is not hard to see through the...

    03/20/2011 12:10:53 PM PDT · by STD · 65 replies · 2+ views, ^ | 3/19/11 | Terrence Aym,
    WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T PREDICT EARTHQUAKES ACCURATELY? Geologist: Alarming magnetic field changes signal major quake for West Coast
  • Washington ,Oregon ,California and The Olmypic Peninsula Choose this day whom you will serve !

    03/18/2011 11:36:42 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 51 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 3-18-11 | Jedediah
    In 2005 the Lord gave me a vision of a mountain range rising up straight down Interstate 5 from Olympia through California . Yesterday I sensed even parts of the Olmypic Peninsula may soon disappear ! There is about to be , A catastrophe , Of human life greater than ever fortold , A separating of the sheep not of my fold , The ones that have gone the way of Cain , Sold their birthright as Esau for a moment of gain, These sheep have already witnessed the wonders of my love , But have rejected the God of...
  • The Doom of Japan & the USA, Death by Earthquake

    03/15/2011 3:27:24 PM PDT · by STD · 66 replies
    Amazon ^ | 1974 | David Wilkerson
    Chapter 2 Drastic Weather Change and Earthquakes ( The Vision by David Wilkerson-published in 1974) Earthquakes coming to United States The United States is going to experience in the not-too-distant future the most tragic earthquakes in its history. One day soon this nation will be reeling under the impact of the biggest news story of modern times. It will be coverage of the biggest most disastrous earthquake in history.
  • Anybody Watch The Movie "The Core" on Sci Fi Last Night?

    03/14/2011 9:15:16 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 37 replies
    Last night I watched the movie THE CORE. I could not help but put on a huge tin-foil hat when I saw birds dropping from the sky. ______________________________________________________________ A 2003, Hollywood Movie "The Core" got released and the plot was The Earth's core has stop spinning due to misuse of HAARP. Disasters are appearing all over the world. Birds start dieing, powerful thunderstorms, people died as heart stop working. Film showed how the series of events over the world connected by variances in the Earth's electromagnetic field as the rotation of Earth's molten core is slowing down, leading eventually to...
  • Are the Yellowstone and Long Valley Calderas About to Blow?

    03/13/2011 1:24:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The City Edition ^ | March 11, 2011
    As good a read as it is throughout, Lawrence Joseph's book, Apocalypse 2012: An Investigation into Civilization's End devotes a spine-tingling chapter to two ticking bombs in our own backyard — Yellowstone National Park and California's Long Valley Caldera. Both locations are home to massive supervolcanoes. Geologists say these submerged magma chambers fill up over the course of several hundred thousand years, then shoot their wads skyward in climate-changing events. And both are due for their periodic eruption. The last supervolcano to erupt on the planet was Mount Toba in Sumatra — 74,000 years ago. Incredibly, both Yellowstone and Long...
  • Youtube warning (on March 9) preceded quake

    03/11/2011 5:16:58 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 9, 2011
    7.2 quake in Japan, analysis of current situation globally - March 9, 2011 Japan has legally mandated extensive preparedness for any kind of earthquakes. That this strong off-coast earthquake resulted in no casualty might be due to that. The country also has a unique seismic intensity scale called "Shindo" in addition to the magnitude scale. Magnitude is the released energy itself; intensity is the local effects of that energy. The recent M7+ earthquake most affected the northern part, where Shindo 5-lower was felt (the highest value being 7). The video shows swarms and successions of earthquakes on March 9 and...
  • End Times: The Unbelief of Man Vs. The Word of God

    02/04/2011 4:27:24 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 15 replies
    End Times: The Unbelief of Man Vs. The Word of God
  • Central Arkansas Growing Weary of Relentless Tremors

    12/24/2010 1:14:02 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 22 replies · 2+ views ^ | December 24, 2010 | Sarah Hoye
    Things are still shaking in Arkansas. More than 500 measurable earthquakes have been reported in central Arkansas since September 20, ranging in magnitude from a barely noticeable 1.8 to a very noticeable 4.0 (recorded on October 11), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Geologists can't say whether they'll stop anytime soon.
  • Schuyler(NE) residents feel quake

    11/18/2010 12:08:46 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 4 replies
    Omaha WORLD-HERALD ^ | November 18, 2010 | By Nancy Gaarder
    Dishes rattled and buildings shook in the Schuyler area Thursday morning as a 3.3 magnitude earthquake rumbled up from one of the Midlands' many unmapped faults. “The whole house shook,” said Dave Svoboda of Schuyler. “The glasses in the cupboard shook; you could feel the floor shake.” Svoboda was at home, getting ready for work, when the quake hit at 7:02 a.m. As of late morning, no significant damage had been reported. But city employees were checking structures just in case, Schuyler Police Chief Lennie Hiltner said. Hiltner, Svoboda and others said they initially thought a nearby building had exploded...
  • Troubling Global Volcanic Activity On The Rise

    11/07/2010 6:45:28 AM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    Ice Age Now ^ | 11-3-2010 | Alan Caruba
    Troubling Global Volcanic Activity On The Rise By Alan CarubaNovember 3, 2010 3 Nov 10 - The news is all about the Tuesday’s U.S. elections, but some of us are concerned about the news on Monday regarding a possible eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland. Never heard of it? You will. Grimsvotn is the most active volcano in Iceland. The one that made a lot of news earlier in 2010 was Eyjafjallajokull that, while relatively small, generated such a huge cloud of ash that it disrupted air travel across western and northern Europe for six days in April. Here’s...
  • Earthquakes Dog Clinton On Overseas Trips

    11/05/2010 7:22:35 AM PDT · by Dahoser · 19 replies
    AP via My Way News ^ | 11/5/2010 | Matthew Lee
    What is it about Hillary Rodham Clinton and earthquakes? Seems the secretary of state rarely takes an overseas trip that is not in some way affected by a temblor.
  • Earthquake experts see the 'Big One' getting bigger

    10/23/2010 1:05:15 PM PDT · by FromLori · 50 replies · 2+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/10/10 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    Recent reports suggest that the major rupture predicted for the southern San Andreas fault could be longer and stronger than the last big quake, shaking from Monterey County down to the Salton Sea. The "Big One" that has been forecast for the San Andreas fault could end up being bigger than earthquake experts previously thought. Recent research showing that a section of the fault is long overdue for a major earthquake has some scientists saying the southern portion of the fault is capable of a magnitude 8.1 earthquake that could run 340 miles from Monterey County to the Salton Sea....

    12/28/2004 12:42:47 AM PST · by kattracks · 42 replies · 2,002+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/28/04 | Andy Geller
    Because of Sunday's gargantuan quake, planet Earth is ringing like a church bell. You can't hear it, but it's being measured at seismic stations around the world, including Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y. It will last for three days, perhaps longer. The quake, which measured 9.0 on the Richter scale, was caused by the shifting of geological plates along a 600-mile area. This changed the Earth's mass. As the mass returns to normal, it moves back and forth, much like a church bell when struck by a tong, said Stony Brook geophysicist Teng-fong Wong.[snip] The quake...
  • California overdue for major quake, study says

    08/21/2010 9:53:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies ^ | August 20, 2010
    Earthquakes strike along California's San Andreas Fault more often than scientists previously thought, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and Arizona State charted temblors that occurred there stretching back 700 years. They found that large ruptures have occurred on the Carrizo Plain portion of the San Andreas Fault — about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles — as often as every 45 to 144 years. But the last big quake was in 1857, more than 150 years ago. The researchers said that while it's possible the fault is experiencing a natural lull, they think it's...
  • There's a hole in this possible earthquake pattern

    07/18/2010 2:46:56 PM PDT · by americanophile · 8 replies · 2+ views
    L.A.Times ^ | Jily 18, 2010 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Hector Becerra
    As UC Davis physicist and geologist John Rundle ponders the map of recent California earthquakes, he sees visions of a doughnut even Homer J. Simpson wouldn't like. The doughnut is formed by pinpointing the recent quakes near Eureka, Mexicali and Palm Springs. Seismologists call the possible pattern a Mogi doughnut. It's the outgrowth of a concept, developed in Japan, which holds that earthquakes sometimes occur in a circular pattern over decades —building up to one very large quake in the doughnut hole. Rundle and his colleagues believe that the recent quakes, combined with larger seismic events including the 1989 Loma...
  • The Increasing Number and Intensity of Earthquakes Worldwide! - The Day of the Lord is at hand!

    07/06/2010 3:49:41 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 7/6/10 | DJP I.F.
    Of the many different natural disasters that exist, nothing is as terrifying and devastating as the awesome power of an earthquake. In just a few moments of time an earthquake can unleash catastrophic damage and the deaths of multitudes. Who can forget the recent earthquake in Jamaica in 2009? As we inch ever closer to the coming Day of the Lord, we are seeing a marked global increase in the number and intensity of earthquakes - just as Jesus said we would (see Matt. 24:7-8; Mark 13:8)! The Facts from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Over the past three decades...
  • Chinese dam causes quakes and landslides(ground and building cracks are widespread)

    05/29/2010 9:50:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies · 1,385+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 05/30/10 | Michael Sheridan and Richard Jones
    May 30, 2010 Chinese dam causes quakes and landslides Michael Sheridan and Richard Jones Roads are cracked in the Huang Gu Po district of Badong on the lower reaches of the Three Gorges Dam Some of the damage caused can be seen in Badong The Three Gorges dam was so vast and sweeping a vision that nothing could stand in its way. Not the old cities of the Yangtze valley, storehouses of human toil and treasure for more than a thousand years. Not the lush, low-lying farmlands, nor the villages, nor even the pagodas and temples that graced the riverbanks....
  • 5.3 Quake Cal/Mex Border

    05/22/2010 11:00:01 AM PDT · by Razzz42 · 48 replies · 1,270+ views
    USGS ^ | 5/22/10 | USGS
    Magnitude 5.3 Date-Time * Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 17:30:57 UTC * Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 10:30:57 AM at epicenter
  • Is the Earth striking back?

    04/24/2010 12:07:24 AM PDT · by TN4Liberty · 42 replies · 1,146+ views ^ | April 23, 2010 | Alan Weisman
    ... As we have learned, these gases form an invisible barrier that, like a greenhouse's glass ceiling, keeps reflected heat of the sun from escaping our atmosphere. The denser that gaseous barrier grows, the hotter things get and the faster glaciers melt. As they flow off the land, we are warned, seas rise. Yet something else is lately worrying geologists: the likelihood that the Earth's crust, relieved of so much formidable weight of ice borne for many thousands of years, has begun to stretch and rebound.
  • Facebook Group to Prove Breasts Don't Cause Earthquakes

    04/23/2010 11:34:21 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 41 replies · 1,701+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2010 | NewsCorp Australian Papers
    A one-woman mission to prove breasts don't cause earthquakes has swollen into a shirt-straining global movement. Prepare yourself for Monday, the inaugural "Boobquake."
  • Iranian cleric: Women who wear revealing clothing cause earthquakes

    04/19/2010 11:30:31 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 60 replies · 1,550+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 04/19/10 | Mail Foreign Service
    A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes. 'Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,' Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but many, especially the young, ignore some of the more strict codes and wear tight coats and scarves pulled back that show much of the hair.
  • Extramarital Sex Leads to Earthquakes: Iran Cleric

    04/17/2010 7:03:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies · 1,251+ views
    OneIndia News ^ | Saturday, April 17, 2010 | OneIndia News
    Extramarital sex leads to earthquakes: Iran cleric Saturday, April 17, 2010 Tehran, Apr 17: An Iranian cleric has proclaimed that inappropriately dress women leading to extramarital affairs are the resons behind the devastating earthquakes that frequently rattle the country. Speaking to worshipped at the Friday prayers here on Apr 16, senior cleric Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi said, "Many women who dress inappropriately ... cause youths to go astray, taint their chastity and incite extramarital sex in society, which increases earthquakes." "Calamities are the result of people's deeds...We have no way but conform to Islam to ward off dangers," the teligious leader...
  • Quake kills 67 people in remote Chinese Qinghai region

    04/13/2010 9:08:01 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 3 replies · 363+ views
    BBC News ^ | 4/14/10 | BBC
    Chinese media say at least 67 people have died and others are trapped under rubble in Qinghai province after an earthquake said to be magnitude 6.9. The quake struck at 0749 (2349 GMT) 380km (240 miles) south-south-east of the city of Golmud, at a depth of 10km, according to US Geological Survey data. It appears that at least some of the deaths occurred in Qinghai's ethnic Tibetan town of Yushu. The quake was followed by two tremors measuring 5.3 and 5.2. "Soldiers have been dispatched to save the people buried in the collapsed houses," local official Huang Limin was quoted...
  • Earthquake Prediction? There's an App for That

    04/11/2010 12:55:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 656+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 4/1/2010 | Jeff Wise
    As part of their battle to understand and protect against the destructive force of earthquakes, seismologists have gone to extraordinary lengths. They have bored holes deep into the earth's crust, laid out arrays of sensors hundreds of miles across, and built supercomputers capable of running simulations at teraflop speeds. But the most exciting new effort in cutting-edge seismology involves a piece of instrumentation that's a good deal less exotic. It's called an iPhone. "Each smartphone has an accelerometer built into it," says Robert W. Clayton, a professor of geology at Caltech. "It's primary function is to determine the orientation of...
  • Is It Just Us Or Have There Been Far Too Many Quakes Lately?

    04/07/2010 5:19:02 AM PDT · by blam · 53 replies · 1,147+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 4-7-2010 | Vincent Fernando, CFA
    Is It Just Us Or Have There Been Far Too Many Quakes Lately? Vincent Fernando, CFA Apr. 7, 2010, 12:05 AM The Wall Street Journal has a great interactive graphic that sums up the quakes we've had so far in 2010. It shows that we've had 18 major earthquakes ranging from 4.0 to 8.8 on the Richter scale. The very recent Baja, California quake was 7.7. In some places we been fortunate enough to see little damage, yet others are still suffering the economic consequences, such as in Haiti and to a far lesser extent Mexico and the U.S. right...
  • Earth's Movers And Shakers

    03/25/2010 8:33:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 367+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | 3/25/2010 | SPX via Terra Daily
    A new model of the Earth, 20 years in the making, describes a dynamic three-dimensional puzzle of planetary proportions. Created by University of Wisconsin-Madison geophysicist Chuck DeMets and longtime collaborators Richard Gordon of Rice University and Donald Argus of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the model offers a precise description of the relative movements of 25 interlocking tectonic plates that account for 97 percent of the Earth's surface. "This model can be used to predict the movement of one plate relative to any other plate on the Earth's surface," explains DeMets. "Plate tectonics describes almost everything about how the Earth's surface...
  • On the Cause and Cure of Earthquakes: Related Charles Wesley Hymn

    03/25/2010 8:24:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 11 replies · 187+ views
    Methodist Thinker ^ | 1756 | Charles Wesley
    Part 1 1 Woe! To the men, on earth who dwell, Nor dread th’ Almighty frown, When God doth all his wrath reveal, And shower his judgments down! Sinners, expect those heaviest showers, To meet your God prepare, When lo! The seventh angel pours His vial in the air! 2 A voice out of the temple cries, And from th’ eternal throne, And all the storms of vengeance rise, When God declares ’TIS DONE! TIS DONE! Ten thousand voices join T’ applaud his righteous ire, And thunders roll, and light’nings shine, That set the world on fire. 3 The mighty...
  • Does Geothermal Power Cause Earthquakes?

    03/23/2010 10:14:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 843+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 3/23/2010 | Elizabeth Svoboda
    , Markus Häring caused some 30 earthquakes -- the largest registering 3.4 on the Richter scale -- in Basel, Switzerland. Häring is not a supervillain. He's a geologist, and he had nothing but good intentions when he injected high-pressure water into rocks three miles below the surface, attempting to generate electricity through a process called enhanced geothermal. But he produced earthquakes instead, and when seismic analysis confirmed that the quakes were centered near the drilling site, city officials charged him with $9 million worth of damage to buildings. The geothermal drill in Switzerland was shut down after it caused 100...
  • Did The Chilean Quake Shift Earth's Axis

    03/15/2010 7:58:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 54 replies · 1,489+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | 3/12/2010 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    Pictures of widespread devastation leave no doubt: Last month's 8.8 magnitude earthquake in coastal Chile was extremely strong. Indeed, say NASA scientists, it might have shifted the axis of Earth itself. "According to our calculations, the quake moved Earth's figure axis by about 3 inches (8 cm)," says geophysicist Richard Gross of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. If the Earth tilted over 3 inches, you probably think you would have noticed. But that's not how the "figure axis" works. "The figure axis defines not how Earth is tilted, but rather how it is balanced," says Gross. Consider the...
  • Earthquake hits eastern Turkey; at least 57 dead

    03/08/2010 2:34:08 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 81 replies · 622+ views
    AP Yahoo ^ | Mar 8, 2010 | SUZAN FRASER
    ANKARA, Turkey – A strong earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6, hit eastern Turkey on Monday, killing 57 people and knocking down houses in at least six small villages, an official said. The temblor struck six villages in Elazig province, toppling stone or mud-brick homes and minarets of mosques. Bekir Yanilmaz, the mayor of the nearby town of Kovancilar, provided CNN-Turk television with the death toll. The government's crisis center put the number at 51. The worst-hit area was the village of Okcular where some 17 people were reported killed and homes crumbled into piles of dirt. Another 13...