The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the wonders of the ancient world, only stood for 54 years. It then fell over onto the land after an earthquake, where it was visited by tourists for over 800 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Japan's largest organized crime syndicate, the Yakuza, provided food, water, diapers,blankets etc. during both the 1995 and 2011 Japanese earthquakes at a response time much faster than even the Japanese government. reuters.com/article/us-ya…
Today I learned of the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant. It was much closer to the epicenter of the 2011 Earthquake than the Fukushima Power Plant, yet it sustained only minor damage and even housed tsunami evacuees. It's safety is credited to engineer Hirai Yanosuke who insisted it have a 14m (46FT) tall sea wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ona…
Japan has an early warning system for earthquakes that notifies you on your smartphone and radio seconds before it happens. youtu.be/YTyvBA02nYk
Big circles of brick set in the pavement of some San Francisco intersections aren't meant as old-timey street decoration. They mark buried emergency water tanks in case the city ever catches fire again. They were put in after The Great Fire of 1906 (the big earthquake then broke water mains). atlasobscura.com/places/1…
The 2011 earthquake in Japan was so powerful that it shifted the entire island 8 feet to the East (up to 13 feet in some regions) and shifted the Earth's axis by over 6 inches. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was so powerful that it sped up the earth's rotation and shortened the day by several microseconds. nature.com/articles/news0…
The Richter scale, used to measure the magnitude of an earthquake, is logarithmic, meaning every whole-number increase in the scale indicates a tenfold increase in the intensity. science.howstuffworks.com…
The biggest earthquake ever recorded happened in May 22, 1960 in Valdivia, Chile, also known as the Great Chilean earthquake had recorded in a magnitude of 9.5 npr.org/2016/08/29/490239…
In 1906 Harry Miles made a film documenting San Francisco city life. The Earthquake struck four days later and destroyed many of the buildings in the film. youtube.com/watch?v=8YRbM…
On June 7th, 1692 the pirate city, Port Royal, in Jamaica was rocked by a massive earthquake that shook the city into the ocean, leaving 2,000 souls burried under sand and brick. Shortly after the quake, a tsunami flooded what was left. whc.unesco.org/en/tentati…
The Aztecs believed our current world was the fifth in a series of creation cycles, and the previous four worlds were destroyed in a variety of ways from flooding to raining flames. According to the Aztecs, the world we currently live in will be destroyed by earthquakes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiv…
Today I learned about the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake, which annihilated the city, led to the birth of modern seismology and earthquake engineering, and became dwelt upon by Enlightenment scholars, thus inspiring major developments in Theodicy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/175…
An earthquake light is a luminous aerial phenomenon that reportedly appears in the sky at or near areas of tectonic stress, seismic activity, or volcanic eruptions. chchquake.co.nz/whitehead…
Events like earthquakes create differences between GMT and UTC that require the introduction of Leap Seconds to keep them in sync, the last one being Dec 31 2016. en.worldtempus.com/articl…
6 geologists were convicted of manslaughter in Italy, 2009, for failing to predict an earthquake en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Some farm animals can reliably predict earthquakes up to 20 hours before they occur. mpg.de/15126191/earthquak…
Today I learned of the 2018 seismic event of Mayotte, a 20 minute long earthquake-like event that was detected by instruments across all the globe but wasn't felt by a single person, and lacked two of the three types of waves usually detected in earthqakes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11_…
Today I learned about the Gaet'ale Pond, a hypersaline lake in the Afar Region of Ethopia, which, according to locals, was created in January 2005 after an earthquake reactivated a thermal spring, thus creating the pond. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
That most areas of California are due for a large earthquake dubbed "The Big One". Southern California has not had a major earthquake since 1857 and are overdue for a big earthquake of magnitude 7.8 or higher. Experts predicted in that the anticipated earthquake can kill about 1,800. businessinsider.com/big-o…
Outside of the West Coast, the US government has identified Tennessee and Missouri as the most at risk for a catastrophic earthquake. A 2009 study predicted 7.2 million people displaced, 715k buildings damaged and 86k casualties. theatlantic.com/science/a…
When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, Nepal’s longest-serving β€œliving goddess” Dhana Kumari was forced to break seclusion and walk the streets for the first time in her life. theguardian.com/world/201…
Pacific Gas & Electric attempted to build a nuclear reactor In Bodega Bay CA where the San Andreas Fault line ran directly through the reactor core. Protests by locals were ignored until an 8.6 earthquake in Alaska caused them to be listened to. sonomamag.com/nuclear-fau…
Today 60 years ago the strongest earthquake ever recorded occurred (9.5), so strong it sent a 10m tsunami wave 10,000km to Hawaii. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
Today I learned of Miki Endo, a Japanese emergency worker who gave her life during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, by continuing to broadcast warnings and alerts over the community loudspeaker as the tsunami overwhelmed the town of Minamisanriku. She was credited with saving many lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
The March 11, magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan may have shortened the length of each Earth day and shifted its axis. nasa.gov/topics/earth/fea…
A 5 year old child was sacrificed in Chile after the largest earthquake ever recorded. The two charged were released after 2 years, as the judge ruled they "acted without free will, driven by an irresistible natural force of ancestral tradition." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
An future earthquake in the Midwest can result in over $300 billion in damages and 86,000 casualties en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, US-based missionaries attempted to move 33 "orphans" out of the country for adoption. They were not orphans. The missionary leader was the only one charged with a crime, and she served six months in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned of the 1988 Armenian Earthquake. The initial more powerful quake lasted approximately 20 seconds and anywhere from 25-50 thousand people were killed with over half a million structures destroyed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
In 1786 a powerful earthquake hit China's Sichuan province that killed 435 people. But also caused a landslide that formed into a mud dam across the Dadu River. That dam quickly made a 50 million cubic meter lake and an aftershock caused that dam to bust killing an additional 100,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/178…
The Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of sensitive seismometers. On March 11, 2011, one of the seismometers detected an 8.9 magnitude earthquake 12 seconds before it hit and sent a stop signal to 33 trains. As a result, only one bullet train derailed that day. railway-technology.com/fe…
In 1962 two US scientists discovered Peru's highest mountain was in danger of collapsing. When this was made public, the government threatened the scientists and banned civilians from speaking of it. In 1970, during a major earthquake, it collapsed on the town of Yangoy killing 20,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yun…
The famous β€˜Hillary Step’, a challenging climb near the summit of Mount Everest, collapsed due to an earthquake, and is no longer a feature on the mountain. outsideonline.com/2311861…
The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami killed 298 people and displaced more than 50,000 people in Somalia, a country on the Eastern Coast of Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
"Japan was changed forever by the devastating triple tragedy that unfolded on March 11, 2011, bringing an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis." "The total cost of the catastrophe has been put at $286 billion by the World Bank, making it the most expensive disaster of all time." nzherald.co.nz/world/news…
Today I learned about "Earthquake Baroque", an architectural style developed after a series of earthquakes on the Philippines - stone buildings like churches were made low and wide, with thick, buttressed walls like fortress ramparts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Earthquakes on Mars are called Marsquakes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 2015 scientist dropped a microphone 6 miles down into the Mariana Trench, the results where a surprise, instead of quiet, they heard sounds of earthquakes, ships, the distinct moans of baleen whales and the overwhelming clamor of a category 4 typhoon that just happened to pass overhead. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Sun And Moon Activity Cause Earthquakes link.springer.com/article…
Snakes can help predict earthquakes. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
In 1948, one of the deadliest earthquakes of all time occurred in The Soviet Union, killing 110,000 people; two thirds of an entire cities population arcgis.com/apps/MapJourna…
The last known survivor of the 1906 San Fransisco Earthquake died in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Quakes (as in Earthquakes) don't only happen on Earth. There are Moonquakes, Venusquakes and Starquakes, which happen on neutron stars. One such starquake happened on a star 50000 Light Years away and would have been a 32 on the Richter Scale. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
The underwater Channel Tunnel between the UK and France is built to be earthquake-resistant, even though the last major earthquake in that area occurred in 1580. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/158…
The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 was so powerful, it shifted the earth's mass, shortening our days by 1.8 microseconds. space.com/11115-japan-ear…
Today I learned about "Intraplate Earthquakes" which refers to earthquakes that occur in places away from typical earthquake areas. This means that earthquakes could happen anywhere and puts cities and towns thought to be "earthquake safe zones" at a very high risk due to the unpreparedness for such events eos.org/research-spotligh…
Today I learned of the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant. It was much closer to the epicenter of the 2011 Earthquake than the Fukushima Power Plant, yet it sustained only minor damage and even housed tsunami evacuees. It's safety is credited to engineer Hirai Yanosuke who insisted it have a 14m (46FT) tall sea wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ona…
Wuhan Zoo is a large semi-natural island for animals. It has the biggest swan lake in China with three hundred rare black swans, and about two hundred white swans and other rare birds. Two giant pandas were sent to Wuhan as their hometown was destroyed by Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008 en.hubei.gov.cn/visiting_…
Today I learned about Paricutin, a 1,400 foot volcano that formed over the course of a 9 year eruption from 1942-1951. Before the volcano formed, the land was flat farmland, and just before formation there were hundreds of earthquakes and farmers reported hearing thunder even though the skies were clear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
A dog in Mexico named Frida saved the lives of 12 people who were trapped under rubble due to earthquakes. She identified a total of 52 bodies during her career and is considered a national heroine in Mexico. She is now officially retired. time.com/4954826/frida-re…
In 1531 the Portuguese poet Gil Vicente averted a massacre of Jews. He personally wrote to the king scolding fear-mongers for targeting Jews in the aftermath of an earthquake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/153…
Port Royal,visited in "Pirates of the Caribbean", was a real pirate city. An earthquake, resulting tsunami and soil liquefaction partially sank and completely destroyed the Jamaican town in 1692. The HMS Swan was washed from the harbor on to a roof top and was a haven for survivors. history.com/this-day-in-h…
At least twice, CNN correspondent Sanjay Gupta has been on location reporting, but needed to step in as a neurosurgeon: once on a Marine in Iraq, the other on a little girl injured during the Haitian earthquake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
A 39 story building in Seoul was evacuated after tremors were felt on the top floors. Instead of an earthquake, it was found that an exercise class on the 12th floor was playing Snap!'s "The Power", which happened to match the building's resonant frequency and caused it to violently shake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tec…
Today I learned of the North Anatolian faultline and a repeating pattern of earthquake cycles, including the predicted Izmit quake of 1999, and which predict a massive quake coming to Istanbul next bbc.co.uk/science/horizon…
Raining animals is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which flightless animals fall from the sky. It is now accepted that there is only co-incidental association between animals perceived to be falling from the sky and meteorological or earthquake related phenomena. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
UN peacekeepers deployed in Haiti post 2010 earthquake were responsible for bringing the Cholera epidemic to the country leading to 9000 deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
One of the few coastal areas to evacuate ahead of the 2004 tsunami was on the island of Simeulue. Due to island folklore recounting an earthquake/tsunami in 1907, the islanders fled inland following the initial shaking. Generational folklore saving the lives of the islanders 97 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake raised the seafloor which significantly reduced the capacity of the Indian Ocean. This resulted in a permanent rise in the global sea level by an estimated 0.1 mm (0.004 in). science.sciencemag.org/co…
People were skeptical of reinforced concrete until the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, where the few concrete buildings survived the quake and fire remarkably. Now we produce about 7.5 billion cubic meters of concrete worldwide every year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rei…
Disneyland has only ever fully shut down three times; the day JFK was assassinated, during the Northridge earthquake of 1994, and 9/11. The park also closed early the day after 9/11, as so few people entered it. Two days earlier, it had been packed. birthmoviesdeath.com/2013…
Today I learned of Evans Monsignac, a man who was buried alive for 27 days after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He survived by sipping sewage. After his rescue, he weighed just 40kgs, having shed 27kgs during his ordeal. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Japan sits 4 tectonic plates, which is why Japan suffers from many earthquakes and tsunamis, and is why Japan has 110 active volcanoes. pbs.org/newshour/science/…
On a hill overlooking the ocean in Otsuchi Town in northeastern Japan is a phone booth known as the "Telephone of the Wind". It is connected to nowhere, but people come to "call" family members lost during the tsunami of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. spotlightenglish.com/list…
The saltiest body of water in the world is a volcanic pond in Ethiopia that formed during an earthquake in 2005. Its water is yellow and releases gases that kill small animals that get close to it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
When Old St. Mary's Cathedral opened in 1854, it was the tallest building in San Francisco and all of California. Old St. Mary's survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, only to be gutted a day later by the fires started by the earthquake en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
Today I learned of the Messina Earthquake, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that razed the city and killed half of the population. Due to the destruction of several historical landsites and most buildings, Messina from then on was nicknamed the "City without memories." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190…
Some elevators have 'earthquake' or 'seismic' buttons when pressed these will direct the elevator to go to the nearest floor and open the doors. gwhoffman.com/blog/2013/1…
Two massive earthquakes in 1999 helped mend Greek-Turkish relations that had been strained since 1832 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
: Author HG Wells pretty much created the template for the modern day disaster movie with his 1897 short story "The Star". It tells of the Earths near miss with a meteor who's gravitational pull causes earthquakes, tidal waves, and the melting of the ice caps. Millions are killed. bl.uk/romantics-and-victo…
Grant Avenue, San Francisco, is still written and said in Chinese as "Dupont Gai" (Gai θ‘— means street). When San Francisco was rebuilt after being leveled in the 1906 earthquake, Dupont Street was upgraded and given a new name: Grant Avenue, after President Ulysses S. Grant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Ronaldo was named the world's most charitable sportsperson in 2015 after donating Β£5 million to the relief effort after the earthquake in Nepal which killed over 8,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
The Hotel Montana was one of the nicest hotels in Haiti's capital city, until it collapsed in the 2010 earthquake and the former restaurant became a temporary morgue. It once attracted an international blend of tourists, aid workers and dignitaries npr.org/templates/story/s…
After the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, 6,000 to 10,000 Koreans were murdered by vigilante groups, police, and soldiers, due to unconfirmed rumors that Koreans were rioting and committing acts of sabotage. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
"Cavers who witnessed earthquakes while underground have described sounds as if a distant aircraft was passing by, as in becoming perceptibly louder, then fading away." usgs.gov/faqs/can-you-fee…
The 2011 Japan earthquake was so powerful that it moved Japan 2 meters to the east and shifted the Earth on its axis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
According to American physicist Professor Michio Kaku that in 30 years time the probability of the Earthquake known as the 'Big One' to hit California is about 100% youtube.com/watch?v=FXdrV…
Thousands of Koreans were massacred after the Kanto earthquake of 1923 in Japan because of a false rumor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/192…
San Francisco's four-stories Montgomery Block was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when it was built in 1853. After surviving the great 1906 earthquake, it was torn down in 1959, replaced by a parking lot and later, the Transamerica Pyramid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The most powerful earthquake ever recorded was the 1960 Great Chilean earthquake. The resulting tsunami hit Japan 22 hours later, killing 138 people and destroying over 1600 homes. britannica.com/event/Chil…
When the Loma Prieta earthquake hit on October 17, 1989, Candlestick Park endured the quake well, and without power the thousands of fans watching Game 3 of The World Series initially had no idea of the catastrophe occurring outside the stadium. youtu.be/NfR-cC_1A4s
Mexico's tallest skyscraper for almost 20 years withstood the magnitude 8.1 earthquake in 1985 and also experienced a powerful explosion that killed 37 and injuring approximately 126 in 2013, which made it sway and vibrate for a few seconds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
The 38 story Times Tower in Kenya is designed to resist earthquakes. The only tenant of the building is the Kenya Revenue Authority is often the site of long queues, especially near the 20th of every month when taxes are due to be paid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
In the aftermath of the Great Japan Earthquake of 1923, when fire broke out around the city of Tokyo, 44,000 people went to the river to escape the flames, only to be closed in by the flames on all sides. Almost all were then, in a single moment, incinerated by a 300ft tall fire tornado smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The soft soil that causes the Leaning Tower of Piza to tilt has protected it from at least 4 strong earthquakes. bristol.ac.uk/news/2018/m…
Chinese mathematician Zhang Heng invented a seismometer in 132 CE which was used to detect an earthquake 250 miles away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sci…
Czech architect Jan Letzel designed many buildings in Japan. He later witnessed the destruction of many of his buildings in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake and left deeply disappointed. His most famous building is the Hiroshima ruins of the A-Bomb Dome en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
One of the urgent rescue missions that followed the powerful 1989 San Francisco earthquake involved the amputation of a leg of a 6 yr old boy trapped in a car, but in order to get to him rescuers made the gut wrenching decision to cut the dead body of a fellow passenger in two with a chainsaw oaklandnorth.net/2009/10/…
On 21st of July 365 an earthquake affects the Greek island of Crete with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme) andhigher than 8.0 magnitude, causing a destructive tsunami that affects the coasts of Libya and Egypt, especially Alexandria. Many thousands were killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/365…
In 1755 a massive earthquake hit Lisbon, Portugal on a major Catholic holiday, destroying the city's churches while sparing its brothels. Tens of thousands of worshipers were killed. The event profoundly shook the belief in a merciful god and the power of the church across Europe. blogs.scientificamerican.…
There is a rare phenomenon called β€˜Earthquake Lights’ nationalgeographic.com/en…
It is a matter of when, not if, the Casdadia subduction zone will destroy the Pacific Northwest with an earthquake followed by a tsunami. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
In 1280 Pisa was hit by a series of earthquakes that were believed to threaten the tower; however it remained upright. Researchers later discovered that the soil (the cause of its lean) also protected from the quakes, absorbing the shock of the tremors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Tunnels are one of the safest places to be during earthquakes since they move with the soil, while structures above ground sway back and forth. wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Via…
The 2004 Thailand Earthquake & Tsunami was so powerful that it affected the Earth’s rotation and is believed to have shortened the length of a day by 2.68 microseconds nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2005…
The 1960 Valdivia earthquake is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded. Lasted approximately 10 minutes, waves as high as 10.7 metres were recorded 10,000 kilometres from the epicenter, and as far away as Japan and the Philippines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
A massive earthquake struck Japan in 1923, causing a fire tornado that incinerated 38,000 people in 15 minutes and was so hot, people's feet were melted to the ground and they could not run away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/192…
In 1962, two American geologists found that a large rock face above a Peruvian town could collapse during an earthquake. The Peruvian government ordered the two to retract their work or face prison. Eight years later, an earthquake collapsed the rock face, killing 20,000 of the town's residents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yun…
A 10 year old British girl saved nearly a hundred foreign tourists at Maikhao Beach in Thailand by warning beachgoers minutes before the arrival of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake tsunami. She learned about tsunamis in school just two weeks prior to the event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Til…

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