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Kansas City Star: Tornado response shows it's time to re-think the way we run America

An editorial in the Kansas City Star yesterday makes some interesting points about responding to short-term disasters, preparing for long-term disasters, and problem of money.

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Breaking News: Section Of Hwy 1 Falls Into Ocean

From KSBW, a 0 foot section of Highway 1 near Big Sur fell into the ocean:

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Japanese Radiation Readings


With all the uncertainty and doomsday-scenario talk we've been getting on the news, it's sometimes informative to step back and put things in perspective.

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Japan Earthquake: before and after

ABC News and Google have teamed up to show aerial photos taken over Japan.  These photos reveal the scale of devastation across dozens of suburbs and tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

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How to help the victims of the Japan earthquake

A powerful 8.9 earthquake shook Japan at 2:46 pm on Friday, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in its history. It's the fifth-largest earthquake ever recorded.

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Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments

IRIS, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, maintains images, maps, and other information in downloadable powerpoint slide presentations.  This presents a great, quick way to learn about and discuss the magnitude 8.9 Japan earthquake and associated tsunami.

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Current Tsunami Warning for United States West Coast

This map also shows the current tsunami warning (red) and advisory (orange) for the west coast of N. America:

Image courtesy of NOAA.
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Japan Earthquake: Magnitude 8.9

From cnn.com:

The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in at least 100 years struck offshore the island nation on Friday, collapsing buildings, touching off widespread fires and unleashing walls of water up to 30 feet high.

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Why So Many Earthquakes Lately?

Why has the San Diego region experienced so many earthquakes lately? KPBSSanDiego speaks to a seismologist from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography about what's causing all the recent quakes.


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