After the 2011 earthquake in Japan, members of the yakuza gathered supplies and gave food to the victims. Some even opened their offices to people who couldn't return home. Some people felt like their response was much quicker and efficient than that of the government. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which killed 200.000 people, UN peacekeepers from Nepal were sent to the country. Sadly, the peacekeepers brought cholera with them leading to a massive outbreak which infected 800.000 people, and killing at least 9000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
In 1990, a man named Iben Browning predicted a massive earthquake would hit New Madrid, Missouri on December 3rd. The prediction sparked a panic. Schools in 5 states closed, and over 200 media outlets sent reporters to the area. Browning had no seismology expertise, and nothing happened. stltoday.com/news/local/h…
The spaniards destroyed an Inca temple and built a cathedral on the temples foundations. Later, an earthquake completely destroyed the Spanish-made cathedral but left the foundations of the temple intact. theguardian.com/cities/20…
After the 1980 Irpina Earthquake hit Southern Italy, the corruption was so bad that only 1/4 of the 40 billion dollar rebuilding fund got spent on relief. The rest got distributed among politicians and the mafia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Today I learned of Pieter Peutemans, a Dutch artist active in the late 1600's. He was engaged in anatomical studies in a room full of skeletons, when an earthquake struck. The shaking made the skeletons move and dance, and he fled the room in terror, dying of shock shortly thereafter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
An earthquake centered in Virginia in 2011 was felt by more people than any other quake in U.S. history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Richter Scale is Logarithmic, An earthquake a size that scores 3.0 is ten times the amplitude of one that scores 2.0. The energy that is released increases by a factor of about 32. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Today I learned of Miki Endo, a Japanese Emergency Worker, who saved thousands of lives during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami by warning the people of Minamisanriku city via Emergency Broadcast System. She did not leave her spot and was eventually killed in the subsequent disaster. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
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…
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…
The 1994 Northridge earthquake also spread a deadly infectious respiratory disease, the first earthquake known to do so. The landslides released coccidioidomycosis (or "valley fever") into the air, infecting 203 residents over the first eight weeks, killing three. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
An "Act of God" is a legal term concerning liability, where an unforeseen event like an earthquake, flood, lightning strike, etc., can diminish liability on damages, delays, or expenses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
Today I learned of the scientifically-realistic simulation ARkStorm, a β€œmegastormβ€œ scenario simulating massive flooding in California’s Central Valley. These floods occur every 100-200 years. The last flood was in 1862. Aside from earthquakes and fires, this is likely California’s next β€œBig One.” usgs.gov/natural-hazards/…
California Memorial Stadium at UC Berkely lies on top of an active earthquake fault, the Hayward Fault. haywardfaultucberkeley.pr…
Lincoln Logs was based on the architecture of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. The toy was invented in 1916-1917. The foundation of the hotel was designed with interlocking beams which made it "earthquake proof." It was one of the few buildings left standing after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
On August 31st, 1886, Charleston, SC had a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, which was felt as far away as Boston, Chicago, and Cuba, with damage extending to Ohio & Alabama. Total damage was in excess of 5.5 million (112 million today) history.com/this-day-in-h…
The most powerful earthquake ever recorded, the Great Chilean Earthquake, had a magnitude of 9.4-9.6. It caused tsunamis in Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, eastern New Zealand, and southeast Australia. It also caused glacial landslides, lake floods, and a volcanic eruption. learnodo-newtonic.com/chi…
Disneyland has had closed six times partially or fully in its history due to the JFK assassination in 1963, the anti-Vietnam War protests in 1970, winter storm in 1987, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, 9/11, and COVID-19 pandemic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
During the 1989 San Francisco earthquake there was a stagehand working 225 feet up on one of the light poles in candlestick park during the world series valueoverreplacementgrit.…
Today I learned of a series of disasters that struck Basel, Switzerland. Starting in 1342 with a plague of grasshoppers, then floods, the worst weather in 1000 years, a famine, the Black Death, Pogroms, a fire that burnt down part of the city, and finally in 1356 a powerful earthquake destroyed what remained core.ac.uk/download/pdf/8…
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 Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 that started one of the first ever recorded fire-tornados that killed over 38,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/192…
Japan has an early warning system for earthquakes that notifies you on your smartphone and radio seconds before it happens. youtu.be/YTyvBA02nYk
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…
Snakes can detect earthquakes up to 5 days before one happens. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
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 "Big One," the maximum upper-limit of the San Andreas fault is estimated to be 8.2, which is only 6% as powerful as the earthquake that struck Tohoku (Fukushima), Japan because the Richter scale is logarithmic. Both will be dwarfed by a Cascadia subduction zone quake. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Today I learned of Oklahoma earthquake swarms, an increasing number of earthquakes in the state since 2009 related to the Oil & Gas Industry injecting wastewater in deep ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okl…
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 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that caused the deadliest tsunami on record released 550 million times more energy than the Hiroshima bomb, or enough energy to power the U.S. for 370 years. It was so powerful it altered the Earth’s rotation, shortening the length of the day by 2.68 microseconds scientificamerican.com/ar…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
6 geologists were convicted of manslaughter in Italy, 2009, for failing to predict an earthquake en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
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…
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…
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_…
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…
Six babies survived after being trapped up to seven days in collapsed hospital during a Mexico City earthquake. chicagotribune.com/news/c…
Some farm animals can reliably predict earthquakes up to 20 hours before they occur. mpg.de/15126191/earthquak…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…

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