Via Science Daily
June 6, 2013 — Stanford scientists have identified key acoustic characteristics of the 2011 Japan earthquake that indicated it would cause a large tsunami. The technique could be applied worldwide to create an early warning system for massive tsunamis.
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake occurred 43 miles off the shore of Japan. The earthquake generated an unexpectedly massive tsunami that washed over eastern Japan roughly 30 minutes later, killing more than 15,800 people and injuring more than 6,100. More than 2,600 people are still unaccounted for.
Now, computer simulations by Stanford scientists reveal that sound waves in the ocean produced by the earthquake probably reached land tens of minutes before the tsunami. If correctly interpreted, they could have offered a warning that a large tsunami was on the way.
Although various systems can detect undersea earthquakes, they can’t reliably tell which will form a tsunami, or predict the size of the wave. There are ocean-based devices that can sense an oncoming tsunami, but they typically provide only a few minutes of advance warning. Continue reading
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June 21, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
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Scientists have identified Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver as the urban centers of what will be the biggest earthquake in the continental United States. Science reporter Sandi Doughton‘s Full-Rip 9.0 (Sasquatch) reports on the scientists who are trying to understand when, where, and just how big “the big one” will be. Ian Madin, chief scientist at Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, and Jay Wilson, vice chair on the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) and emergency manager, will join Doughton for a panel discussion.
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Thank you to all the men and women that gave their lives during the Revolutionary War. To those that faced an overwhelming force and would not retreat. To those that died knowing they would never know if the war would be won. To the men who huddled in the cold night of winter, when hope was lost. When even congress would not supply them the goods they needed. They had the strength to pick themselves up and move forward with a free America. Your death has not been forgotten!
Thank you to all the men and women that served during the First World War. A war so horrible, no one thought it would ever be repeated. Thank you to the men in the ditches, feet rotting away from the water, who stayed and fought. How many children lost their fathers during that time?
Thank you to all the men and women that served during the Second World War. I believe this was the last greatest evil on earth. My grandfather was an ambulance drive in Italy and Europe. If he had died, you would have not been reading these words. My father was not born until after he returned. These men gave their lives so the cancer of evil would not spread and consume us all. Thank you to all the men who knew they faced certain death, and kept on going. Thank you to the Women who kept it all together, while dealing with the fear of receiving “The Letter.” Continue reading
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