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Earthquake Rocks New Zealand

Where: Wellington, New Zealand July 16, 2009 : A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in New Zealand's South Island, near the city of Invercargill. No one was injured, nor was there any major damage. The region, South Westland, is almost uninhabited, and the quake was centred 35 kilometres under the sea off its coast. An earthquake of this intensity could...

Another Big Quake for 2010 – Chile

Where: Santiago,Chile March 17, 2010 : Chile experienced an 8.8-magnitude on February 27, 2010. Around 700 people lost their lives. This was the fifth strongest earthquake recorded in the world since 1900. The quake struck near Concepcion, Chile's second largest city, where thousands of people were holidaying over the weekend. In neighbouring Argentina, houses and power lines collapsed....

Haiti Hit By Massive Earthquake

Where: Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 28, 2010 : A massive earthquake hit the Caribbean nation of Haiti* on January 12, 2010. It's magnitude was 7.0 on the Richter scale**. The earthquake struck close to the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The first tremors destroyed most of the city. Two strong aftershocks followed almost immediately. In what is one of the...

Volcano Erupts in Alaska

Where: Anchorage, Alaska, USA March 23, 2009 : The 3,100 metre high Mount Redoubt, an active volcano, erupted six times in 36 hours starting Sunday, March 22, 2009. It threw up an ash plume almost 15 kilometres high into the air. Scientists had begun issuing alerts 48 hours earlier as they were recording 40 to 50 earthquakes every hour...

Almost a million earthquakes occur in one…

Almost a million earthquakes occur in one year. Of these, a large earthquake occurs every two weeks under the sea.

Still Standing Tall

March 14: Recently, a severe earthquake shook the city of Seattle in the United States of America (USA). It was the regions strongest earthquake in 50 years. It measured 6.8 on the Richter scale. On January 26, 2001, an earthquake that measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, 10 times stronger than the earthquake in Seattle, struck Gujarat, in India. Thousands...

What is Geothermal Energy?

In winter, all of us warm water in the geysers in the bathroom for bathing. Nature too has geysers which throw up a huge amount of hot water and steam. The 'Old Faithful', as one of the geysers in the Yellow Stone National Park in the United States of America is called, spews out boiling water at intervals of...

Building a Giant Lie

February 5: The earthquake that struck Gujarat, one of India's most prosperous states, will go down as among the worst since India gained independence. Both in terms of the numbers of people killed (about 50,000 are feared dead) and the scale of destruction wrought, it has few contemporary parallels. The images of prosperity in cities such as Ahmedabad have been...

Animal Sense

February 14: So you live in a quake-prone region and want to be prepared the next time an earthquake strikes. Unfortunately, science has still not come up with a way to predict earthquakes. But there's hope yet. Just visit your local zoo and observe the behaviour of the animals there. Astonishing but true. Animals remain even today, the best bet...

Dealing With the Potential Danger of a Meteor Hitting Earth

Our solar system is like a busy traffic round-about. The sun is at the centre of this round-about which drives a large number of heavenly bodies, including planets, comets and large and small rocks around it. While the earth and the other planets chart fairly fixed paths around the sun, our smaller solar siblings, like rocks, do not believe in...

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