Construction errors may have been responsible for the collapse of the Christchurch CTV building (killing 115 people)

Overview of the articles we have written on the New Zealand earthquake One year after the quake, a technical report on the deadly collapse of the Canterbury Television building has revealed what caused the structure to fail in last February's magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch New … [Read more...]

Understanding the very strong damaging Nepal/Sikkim earthquake (18/09/2011)

Earthquake information : A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit Sikkim, India 12:40:48 UT (10:48 PM at epicenter) The depth of the hypocenter was at 20.7 km. The earthquake caused victims and huge damage in Sikkim (India), India and Nepal. It was also well felt in Bangladesh. Read also: Very strong … [Read more...]

Drilling to understand the secrets of the San Andreas Fault (video) came across a video of the National Science Foundation who explains what scientists are currently doing to understand what is going on inside the San Andreas Fault. The video has been aired in the PBS NewsHour. Understanding what happens at the epicenter of an earthquake, … [Read more...]

Understanding the massive 7.0 Peru / Brazil earthquake (August 24 2011)

About : A massive – magnitude 7.0 -  luckily deep earthquake, struck Peru close to the Brazilian border. Due to its depth – 145.1 km (90.2 miles) – it was felt also in all neighboring countries. Read also our main article "Massive deep earthquake shakes Peru near the Brazilian border – 20 … [Read more...]

Understanding the deadly Uzbekistan / Kyrgyzstan earthquake (July 19, 2011)

“Although we already made an effort in explaining a lot in our in-depth article July 19 (click here to read it), we also want to give the USGS seismologists’ view of what exactly happened.” The July 19, 2011 Kyrgyzstan earthquake is located near the intersection of the borders of Kyrgyzstan, … [Read more...]

Understanding the Magnitude 7.6 Kermadec Islands earthquake (July 6, 2011)

Although we already made an effort in explaining a lot in our in-depth article where we followed the earthquake and Tsunami warnings on July 6 (UTC) /July 7 (local time) (click here to read it), we also want to give the USGS seismologists' view of what exactly happened. The July 6, 2011 … [Read more...]

Scientists study Tsunami deposits in Sendai, Japan to improve understanding Tsunami Hazards

This great article (and pictures) are courtesy of the USGS. It has been published in the Sound Waves newsletter, a USGS publication. The studies below have been made by an international team of scientists. There goal is to improve understanding of Tsunami hazards based on the tsunami deposits. … [Read more...]

Understanding the MMI scale (Modified Mercalli Intensity scale)

The Mercalli intensity scale is a scale used for measuring the intensity of an earthquake. The scale quantifies the effects of an earthquake on the Earth's surface, humans, objects of nature, and man-made structures on a scale from I (not felt) to XII (total destruction). I MMI … [Read more...]

Understanding the Magnitude 7.2 Alaska earthquake (June 23, 2011)

Although me made already an effort in explaining a lot in our report on June 23/24 (click here to read it),  we also want to give the USGS seismologists view of what exactly happened. The date of occurrence was June 23 (local) and June 24 (UTC - used by the seismology agencies) The June 24, 2011 … [Read more...]

Understanding the Simav / Kütahya May 19 earthquake (Turkey)

As always with deadly earthquakes, tries to explain what really happened, so that people from the area as well as the international community can understand what causes these cruel events. We call upon our Turkish readers to translate our English text into Turkish. The … [Read more...]

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